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My husband was told he is hypoxic following his pneumonia. What could might cause this hypoxia?

My husband was told he is hypoxic following his pneumonia. What could might cause this hypoxia?

Depends: If your husband is still hypoxic after being discharged, I would believe that he is on home oxygen (i hope). Nevertheless, if he is still hypoxic, I could mean that his lungs are still in the process of healing and clearing out the pneumonia or that he has sustained damage (scarring) and that affected part of his lung (s) is not able to exchange gases (o2 and co2) anymore.

Dr. Chad Levitt
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Hypoxia (Definition)

Hypoxia, is a condition in which the body as a whole or a region of the body is deprived of adequate oxygen supply. It is classified into 4 groups: - hypoxemic - oxygen is low - anemic - decreased ability for hemoglobin to carry oxygen. - ischemic - decreased blood flow. - histotoxic - oxygen is reaching the cells, but the cells are unable to ...Read more


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How long does severe hypoxia associated with neonatal pneumonia last?

How long does severe hypoxia associated with neonatal pneumonia last?

Multiple factors: Multiple factors determine the recovery from hypoxia in neonates with pneumonia. Premature neonates are at greatest risk due to underlying prematurity related lung disease. Other factors include maternal fever or chorioamnionitis, premature rupture of membranes, sepsis, duration of mechanical ventilation, nosocomial infections, congenital heart disease etc. Discuss with your neonatologist.

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My son was born w/ dual pneumothorax ischemic hypoxia &congenital pneumonia. I was diagnosed with mild chorioamnitis. Should I worry in future pregnancy?

Unclear: These issues seem to more related to the delivery itself rather than a pregnancy problem. However, with so many complications, it would be prudent to speak to your OB doctor as to what initiated all the issues.

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How does the flu directly or indirectly harm the fetus of a pregnant women? I know pneumonia can obviously cause lack of oxygen to the baby. What else

How does the flu directly or indirectly harm the fetus of a pregnant women? I know pneumonia can obviously cause lack of oxygen to the baby. What else

Flu affects mom: Pregnant women have a suppressed immune system which inhibits their ability to fight off infections like the flu. The fetus is at risk because the mom is at risk when infected. The best thing to do is to get an annual flu vaccine.

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Do I have pneumonia?

Do I have pneumonia?

Maybe: What symtoms do you have? You really should see your doctor to be evaluated.

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How to cure pneumonia?

How to cure pneumonia?

Pneumonia: Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs causes by bacteria or virus. Bacterial pneumonia is more common in community and needs antibiotics. The prognosis depends on various factors like, immunity, age, severity of pneumonia, associated medical conditions like other lung disease, smoking, diabetes etc. The patient will need to see a doctor for exam, investigation and treatment.

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What is pre-pneumonia?

What is pre-pneumonia?

No such medical cond: Your doctor maay be trying to simplify for you to understand that you might develop pneumonia, which can happen if you have bronchitis following sore throat and upper respiratory virus infections which are very common. Sometimes a pneumonia will follow after such infections.

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Can pneumonia be cured?

Can pneumonia be cured?

Pneumonia: Antibiotics will fix bacterial pneumonia. Viral pneumonia fixes itself. Fungal will need anti fungal treatment

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How is pneumonia diagnosed?

Pneumonia can be: Diagnosed on many occasions simply via a thorough history, and physical examination. You can hear rales on examination of the lungs. On laboratory examinations the white count is often elevated. If there is a question the doctor may also order a chest xray.

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Can you die from pneumonia?

Can you die from pneumonia?

Possible: Pneumonia can be a life-threatening problem especially if left untreated. You should see a doctor if you are having symptoms of pneumonia.

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How dangerous is pneumonia?

How dangerous is pneumonia?

PNA treatable.: In a young person, like yourself it's usually treatable without much danger. In an older person with significant medical issue, however, could be fatal. Pneumonia needs to be taken seriously and treated appropriately.

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What medicine for pneumonia?

It depends.: There are different types of bacteria that cause bacterial pneumonia in the community. Infections acquired in the hospital can be caused by different bugs. Viral pneumonia would not respond to any antibiotics. On rare occasions pneumonia could be cause by a fungus.

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Could I be getting pneumonia?

Pneumonia: Need more information. If you are having fever, cough with sputum production, chest pain, shortness of breath, chills, etc., you may be getting pneumonia, but this needs careful evaluation by a clinician. If you suspect you may have pneumonia you should be seen by a doctor asap.

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How is pneumonia transmitted?

Respiratory droplets: Pneumonia is spread from person to person via respiratory droplets released when a person coughs, sneezes, laughs, or talks. The bacteria can live in a person's throat without causing symptoms, so you can even get it from a person who doesn't look sick. Avoid the spread of germs by washing your hands regularly, covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough, and being cautious around sick people.

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What are symptoms of pneumonia?

What are symptoms of pneumonia?

Signs of pneumonia: A persistent cough and fever over 102 fever commonly with shaking chills and sweating (although older people may have lower-than-normal body temperature), shortness of breath, chest pain that fluctuates with breathing (pleurisy), occasional headache, muscle pain, fatigue.

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Symptoms of pneumonia are what?

Pneumonia: Fever, cough, production of sputum, chest pain, shortness of breath, chills, and a variety of minor issues. The confirmation, however, is the presence of changes in lung tissue by x-ray.

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What is the cause for pneumonia?

What is the cause for pneumonia?

Pneumonia: An inflammatory condition of the tissues of the lung may be caused by infection, drug reactions, tumors, autoimmune conditions and trauma among others.

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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

An inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more