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Doctor insights on: Typical Vs Atypical Pneumonia

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Difference between typical vs atypical pneumonia?

Difference between typical vs atypical pneumonia?

Mismatch of symptom: Patients presents with symptoms which do notmatch with clinical and radiological evidence of the peumonias i.e. Cocci, tband pcp.

Dr. Mohammed Parvez
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Atypical Pneumonia (Definition)

Atypical pneumonia is so called because the causative organisms are not the usual ones associated with most cases of pneumonia. Besides mycoplasma, chlamydia & legionella, many viruses, fungi & protozoa can cause atypical pneumonia as well. Symptoms & signs can be atypical - dry cough, minimal or no fever, absence of lobar consolidation or leucocytosis etc. ...Read more


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What's the difference between typical and atypical pneumonia?

What's the difference between typical and atypical pneumonia?

Very little: "atypical" pneumomia is actually very common. "typical" pneumonia is caused by conventional bacteria, usually with a capsule. Most atypical pneumoia is caused by small organisms (mycoplasma, legionella) that infect the inside of the cell, as opposed to living outside the cell.

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What is the difference between typical and atypical pneumonia?

What is the difference between typical and atypical pneumonia?

Causing agents type: Typical pneumonia caused by typical organisms found in the resoiratory system such as strep pneumonia, staph aureus, klebsiella pneumonia, moraxella cataralis. And atypical pneumonia is cause by atypical organisms, but when one usually address it as such means mycoplasma pneumonia which is not a complete bacteria from microbiology point of view. Shahzeidi, md.

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What is atypical pneumonia?

"Walking pneumonia": Atypical pneumonia refers to pneumonia caused by certain bacteria, including legionella pneumophila, mycoplasma pneumoniae, and chlamydophila pneumoniae. It is called “atypical” because the symptoms differ from those of pneumonia due to other common bacteria. It is also called as also known as walking pneumonia as the symptoms are not as severe.

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What causes atypical pneumonia to occur?

What causes atypical pneumonia to occur?

Atypical PNA.: Atypical pneumonia, otherwise known as walking pneumonia, is a type of pneumonia caused by certain bacteria (which you acquire from someone coughing) that generally cause a milder and longer lasting type of pneumonia. Often overlooked because the symptoms are so mild. Could cause cough, shortness of breath, chills, sweats, fever, chest discomfort.

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What are the tests for atypical pneumonia?

What are the tests for atypical pneumonia?

Various: There are antibody panels (in which the diagnosis is retrospective), and pcrs and non-specific indicators as well as cultures for some. These may be viral, mycoplasma, chlamydia, legionella, tb, fungal and others. The tests ordered will depend upon the history and physical exam and initial lab results.

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Question: what is atypical pneumonia really?

Less common germs: The "typical" are caused by certain bacteria such as streptococcus, and hemophilus...Atypicals included mycoplasma, chlamydia and are treated differently because the cause is different.

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Will atypical pneumonia surely lead to death?

Will atypical pneumonia surely lead to death?

NO: Atypical pneumonia is most often successfully treated with antibiotics. It would the rare exception that atypical pneuminia would lead toward death.

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What sort of problem is an atypical pneumonia?

What sort of problem is an atypical pneumonia?

Atypical pneumonia: The classic form on pneumonia presents with abrupt onset of cough, high fever, shaking shills, production of rusty colored sputum, and profound malaise. This is usually caused by the pneumococcus germ. There are several types of lung infection with a slower mode of onset and takes longer to diagnosis. The classic example of this is legionaire's disease, but there are other forms as well.

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Please tell me what causes atypical pneumonia?

Please tell me what causes atypical pneumonia?

Non typical agents: Term atypical used fot pneumonias which are not caused by typical bacteria causing it such as strep pneumonia, klebsiella, moraxella, etc. Usual cause for atypical pneumonia is mycoplasma pneumonia, but any un conventional agent which causes pneumonia could be called atypical. Shahzeidi, md.

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Can you catch atypical pneumonia from someone else?

Yes: Atypical pneumonia is usually caused by a bacteria (most commonly mycoplasma) that is transmitted in respiratory secretions allowing it to be passed from one person to another.

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Are some people more prone to getting atypical pneumonia?

Yes: Immunocompromised individuals are at risk and certain individual in high endemic area for these kind of pneumonia otherwise the risk is stratified accross all populations.

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Are there different options for treating atypical pneumonia?

Are there different options for treating atypical pneumonia?

Atypical PNA.: Atypical pneumonia, otherwise known as walking pneumonia, is a type of pneumonia caused by certain bacteria that generally cause a milder and longer lasting type of pneumonia. Often overlooked because the symptoms are so mild. Could cause cough, shortness of breath, chills, sweats, fever, chest discomfort. Antibiotic choice may be different than that for a regular pneumonia.

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What is the definition or description of: atypical pneumonia?

Atypical organisms: Atypical pneumonia is so called because the causative organisms are not the usual ones associated with most cases of pneumonia. Besides mycoplasma, chlamydia & legionella, many viruses, fungi & protozoa can cause atypical pneumonia as well. Symptoms & signs can be atypical - dry cough, minimal or no fever, absence of lobar consolidation or leucocytosis etc. Also called walking pneumonia.

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How do I explain to my son what it means to have atypical pneumonia?

How do I explain to my son what it means to have atypical pneumonia?

An outdated term: Atypical pneumonia is very common (always has been). The designation was used to distinguish it from "pneumococcal" pneumonia, because the treatment used to be different. Now almost all are treated with the same meds. Another misconception is that we can tell the difference by your symptoms and cxr, but it turns out we probably can't. A more useful term is community acquired pneumonia.

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How to know what is atypical pneumonia and what are the requested tests?

How to know what is atypical pneumonia and what are the requested tests?

Mycoplasma & others: Atypical pneumonia generally refers to infection by organisms such as mycoplasma pneumoniae, chlamydophila or legionella. The reason why it is considered "atypical" is due to lack of typical symptoms of bacterial pneumonias (fever with chills, cough with sputum production etc.). Testing may involve chest x-rays, cultures and blood tests to figure out the causative organism for the pneumonia.

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Can you tell me what is atypical pneumonia and what are the requested tests?

IgM: If we are referring to mycoplasma pneumonia as atypical pneumonia, the dignostic test would be mycoplasma igm, and also cold aglutinin test could help. Shahzeidi, md.

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What kind of doctor sees somebody for atypical pneumonia?

Options: I would start with your primary care physician. He/she might send you to an infectious disease doctor if needed.

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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

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