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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

Dr. Michael DePietro
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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 or a Quinolone. Institutions where there is prevalence of MRSA, Vancomycin is added.
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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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Every year I have my 96 yr-old mother vaccinated against influenza. However, it is always possible that she could contract influenza before then. Can influenza be sufficient to kill an elderly person by itself or is it only if it leads to pneumonia?

Every year I have my 96 yr-old mother vaccinated against influenza. However, it is always possible that she could contract influenza before then. Can influenza be sufficient to kill an elderly person by itself or is it only if it leads to pneumonia?

Dangers of influenza: Certainly influenza can kill - actually 90% of the mortality is in those patients older than 65. That's because as we age, the body gets weaker (in all respects, including the immune system-we call this immunosenescence). The 'flu' can lead to a heart attack (from viral sepsis), primary or secondary pneumonia as you reference, plus other complications including stroke. Get HIGH DOSE vaccine 4 mom. ...Read more

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How appropriate is a regimen of augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) and azithro for rx of nosocomial pneumonia in elderly male not responding to moxifloxacin?

How appropriate is a regimen of augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) and azithro for rx of nosocomial pneumonia in elderly male not responding to moxifloxacin?

Not- if right dx: I would first step back and ask how the diagnosis of nosocomial pneumoina was made? There is specific criteria for the diagnosis since it implies the presence of multidrug-resisistant bacteria, for which amoxicillin-clavulanate and azithro is less effective. The combination stated seems more appropriate for coverage of community acquired/aspiration/atypical pneumonia ...Read more

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Elderly mother survived pneumonia, "c diff", 2 consecutive uti's, and fecal impaction, resulting delirium. Can she come back to herself?

Elderly mother survived pneumonia, "c diff", 2 consecutive uti's, and fecal impaction, resulting delirium. Can she come back to herself?

Came back to life: You don't say how old your mother is, or how many other medical problems she may have. With mother's day looming please enjoy her present "back to this life" status. ...Read more

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How long roughly is the typical recovery time for a broken ankle for an elderly person?

How long roughly is the typical recovery time for a broken ankle for an elderly person?

Bone quality matters: Most fractures heal in 6-8 weeks depending upon several important factors:
1. Status of surrpounding soft tissue
2. Quality of underlying fractured bone
3. Quality of reduction and stability of fixation (hardware if surgery performed). ...Read more

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What is the recovery time after a knee replacement surgery on an elderly person?

What is the recovery time after a knee replacement surgery on an elderly person?

Variable: Every patient will recover at their own pace after a total knee replacement. Your recovery will be influenced by multiple variables, including your pre-op condition, severity of your arthritis, stiffness of your knee, the type of surgical approach used, and your motivation and active participation in your recovery process. Some "elderly" patients are still very healthy and recovery quickly. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do to speed the recovery from pneumonia?

Yes: Rest.
Get adequate nutrition and hydration.
Avoid any contact with cigarette smoke.
Take all your prescribed antibiotics as ordered. ...Read more

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Does zinc help w/ the recovery of adult pneumonia patients?

Does zinc help w/ the recovery of adult pneumonia patients?

Yes. . . and No.: Zinc is an important co-factor in our immune system's functioning. One study has shown that maintaining normal zinc levels led to decreased duration of pneumonia, and decreased duration of antibiotics needed to treat the pneumonia. This does not mean that zinc supplementation will necessarily help with pneumonia recovery; but it does suggest that maintaining normal zinc levels in the body will. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery period for pneumonia? I've had it 6 months ago and still am unwell?

How long is the recovery period for pneumonia? I've had it 6 months ago and still am unwell?

Very un- Usual: To have pneumonia for six month something wrong have to be investigated to see if you complicating factors. ...Read more

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At what ANC level would you cancel chemo for dlbcl patient? Will ongoing pneumonia hinder neutropenia recovery, or does neutropenia worsens pneumonia?

At what ANC level would you cancel chemo for dlbcl patient? Will ongoing pneumonia hinder neutropenia recovery, or does neutropenia worsens pneumonia?

It is not just: A numbers game. One has to take the entire clinical picture with infectious, disease related, and overall condition to make a plan. To treat with low WBC and active infection would be extremely dangerous. ...Read more

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Hi there, I had pneumonia, while 25 week pregnant, and had to be ventilated for 9 days, in icu, I made a great recovery but am concerned of lung scari?

Hi there, I had pneumonia, while 25 week pregnant, and had to be ventilated for 9 days, in icu, I made a great recovery but am concerned of lung scari?

Scarring?: That must have been over the top awful for you!
Fortunately most pneumonias, even severe ones don't scar the lungs but it may depend on which organism caused the pneumonia so ask your doctors. ...Read more

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Is pneumonia in one lung very serious? Can it be transmitted? How long should full recovery take?

Is pneumonia in one lung very serious? Can it be transmitted? How long should full recovery take?

1 lung is the usual: The most common forms of pneumonia in an 18 year old usually only affect one lung and most of the time, recovery is complete. Yes, pneumonia is contagious, but usually not as contagious as a cold or the flu. It depends upon type of bacteria or virus that is causing the pneumonia, but it most cases you should feel significantly better within 24-36 hours after you start the proper treatment. ...Read more

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If someone is on life support with pneumonia and sepsis, is there chance of recovery?

If someone is on life support with pneumonia and sepsis, is there chance of recovery?

Yes: Yes there is certainly a chance for recovery. In fact most patients with sepsis recover. The real chance of recovery depends on all kinds of details, including any underlying medical problems, kinds of organ failure, etc and should be discussed with the doctors involved in the care of the patient. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia with acid reflux, sinusitis, & laryngitis. What kind of recovery period am I looking at?

I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia with acid reflux, sinusitis, & laryngitis. What kind of recovery period am I looking at?

Depends on details: Your question suggests laryngopharyngeal reflux (lpr) aka extra-esophageal reflux disease (eerd). Generally, high dose ppis are ineffective; medications/ppis do not stop reflux. First, you must recover from pneumonia. Then, you should consult with a minimally invasive surgeon to discuss more definitive treatment options http://goo. Gl/0rrqv. ...Read more

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If someone in their 70's has kidney failure, double pneumonia and liver and heart trouble as well as colitis and dehydration, recovery possible?

If someone in their 70's has kidney failure, double pneumonia and liver and heart trouble as well as colitis and dehydration, recovery possible?

Will to live: It is possible to recover. Okay to talk to your docs about your recovery. It will be a team effort and the patient's desire/will to recover is the most important factor. Don't give up. ...Read more

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Can you catch viral pneumonia a second time?

Can you catch viral pneumonia a second time?

Absolutely: As already mentioned, pneumonia is caused by a large variety of viruses. Additionally, not every virus confers permanent immunity when you get it. As a result, it's possible to have viral pneumonia multiple times. ...Read more

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I had a very bad case of septic pneumonia 6 mos ago. It was the first time I've ever had it. Will I be more likely to get pneumonia again?

I had a very bad case of septic pneumonia 6 mos ago. It was the first time I've ever had it. Will I be more likely to get pneumonia again?

Pneumonia: Perhaps. Do not smoke, or use drugs. Eat a healthy diet. Avoid second hand smoke and any chemical lung irritants. Exercise in clean air areas (not in traffic areas). If you have asthma, see an allergist. ...Read more

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Pneumonia for 3rd time in Feb. Cough lasted 4mo., ended and recently started w/ no other symptoms. I'm 20 & smoke so I'm worried it may be something else?

Pneumonia for 3rd time in Feb. Cough lasted 4mo., ended and recently started w/ no other symptoms. I'm 20 & smoke so I'm worried it may be something else?

Mgt/workup: I would recommend seeing your PCP and having a sputum analysis performed, including cytology on three separate samples. In the meantime, the American Lung Association can help you with smoking cessation. ...Read more

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How much time to recover from severe pneumonia?

How much time to recover from severe pneumonia?

It depends: It depends on the type of pneumonia, your age, and your general health. Probably anywhere between 2-8 weeks or so. ...Read more