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Doctor insights on: Recurrent Pneumonia In Elderly

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Please explain if it is possible to truly cure recurrent pneumonia?

Please explain if it is possible to truly cure recurrent pneumonia?

Sometimes: .Most of the recurrent infection in adults are from secondary infections of the immune system, anatomic lesion and to a smaller extent, primary immune system defects. Also from other forms of secondary immunodeficiency causes which include chronic conditions such as cancer, diabetes and spleen removal, and immunosuppressive treatment such as radiotherapy. Incomplete treatment of pneumonia also. ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Please help me. Recurrent pneumonia, other problems, poor immune system?

Please help me. Recurrent pneumonia, other problems, poor immune system?

I would reccomend: A pneumonia vaccine and yearly flu vaccine for you. Second i would make sure you are not immunocompromised. I would first check an HIV and routine labs. ...Read more

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Recurrent pneumonia question. What makes it come back? Could there be a tumor?

Recurrent pneumonia question. What makes it come back?  Could there be a tumor?

Mnay things: This requires medical evaluation by a doctor, several possibilities. A list would include: a error in diagnosis, for example congestive heart failure, & inflammatory diseases of the lungs can mimic recurrent pneumonia. ("boop" for example) exacerbation of COPD can also be confused with pneumonia. Repeat pneumonia can be caused by a tumor obstructing the airway, and immune system problems. ...Read more

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Can recurrent pneumonia lead to lung disease in the future?

Can recurrent pneumonia lead to lung disease in the future?

Pneumonia problems: Your question is a good one--u hate to think that each time the body fires up the inflammation system that there can be longer term consequences but there can be. I think of cystic fibrosis patients and what's called bronchiectasis- or enlargement of the breathing tubes. Interestingly, structural defects in the lung/airways can lead to pneumonia so it could b a vicious cycle. Hope u get a lung doc ...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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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