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What are the chances of a pneumonia in elderly?

What are the chances of a pneumonia in elderly?

Good: The chances of getting lung infections increases with age and underlying diseases, but is far more common in those over the age of 60. Pneumococcal pneumonia used to be called the "old man's friend" because it would produce death in elderly individuals with chronic diseases that were debilitating. ...Read more

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The prognosis is the predicted outcome or "forecast" for a disease or process. It is only an estimate but is likely based on past experience or data taking into account the individual's overall health status. It may suggest progression of disease ...Read more


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Is viral pneumonia more dangerous for the elderly children?

Is viral pneumonia more dangerous for the elderly children?

Generally: It depends on the virus - there are outbreaks where the old and very young appear to have been spared for unclear reasons while those in the prime of life are most affected (e.g. The h1n1 outbreak). In most cases, however, the very young and elderly are more vulnerable due to either a fading immune system or an immature one. ...Read more

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Besides pneumonia what contagious diseases affect the elderly?

Besides pneumonia what contagious diseases affect the elderly?

All of them: Elderly get all the same diseases as the young ones.. Sometimes immunity wanes and vaccines get forgotten so they are prone to many of the same illnesses as unvaccinated children. Most contagious disease though is mild and viral ( not amounting to a pneumonia) and there is no vaccine for that. ...Read more

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What is the general regimen prescribed for nosocomial pneumonia in elderly?

What is the general regimen prescribed for nosocomial pneumonia in elderly?

Sputum culture: Nosocomial pneumonia most commonly are Gram negative bacteria, MRSA, fungal organisms such as Candida. Sputum cultures and sensitivities determine which antibiotics are most appropriate . But because the culture takes about 48-72 hrs , initial regimens include a second or third generation Cephalosporin plus a Quinolone. Institutions where there is prevalence of MRSA , Vancomycin is chosen. ...Read more

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Is bacterial pneumonia more dangerous for elderly children?

Is bacterial pneumonia more dangerous for elderly children?

Yes: It is more dangerous in that more severe illness and even death is statistically more common in the very young or the elderly. In both age groups pneumonia is still usually readily treatable with appropriate antibiotics and support. The highest risk of serious illness occurs not just with age, but with the existence of some other underlying disease. (cancer, heart disease, hiv, etc.). ...Read more

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How likely is it that an elderly person will survive pneumonia with sepsis?

How likely is it that an elderly person will survive pneumonia with sepsis?

Depends: This depends on many factors - what bug, how strong is the person's immune system, how quicky treatment was started, how many organs are involved, etc. Sometimes even severe cases of sepsis can be treated successfully with complete recovery. Other times we are not as lucky. ...Read more

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For an elderly with dementia, to further avoid aspiration pneumonia should we replace the peg tube for a pej one. Is that an option?Consequences? Thx

For an elderly with dementia, to further avoid aspiration pneumonia should we replace the peg tube for a pej one.  Is that an option?Consequences? Thx

Yes it is an option: If she is having aspiration while receiving feedings via a peg tube, conversion to j- tube should diminish aspiration from gastric reflux( assuming there is no obstruction distally in the GI tract). If the aspiration is from swallowing, conversion will not help. If her dementia is profound, it may be helpful to discuss both medical and life goals with her physician or ethics board. ...Read more

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