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Icd 9 code for lower respiratory tract illness?

Icd 9 code for lower respiratory tract illness?

Too many: There are multiple different lower respiratory tract illnesses. Bronchitis, pneumonia, copd, asthma, etc., etc., etc. You can probably pick your illness and simply google the icd-9 code. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Respiratory System (Definition)

The respiratory system consists of all organs in the body related to breathing including the nose, mouth, trachea and lungs. All four of these are ...Read more


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Whose more susceptible to getting lower respiratory tract infections?

Whose more susceptible to getting lower respiratory tract infections?

Chronic lung disease: Anyone with chronic lung disease, such as asthma, smokers, those with immune problems, and elderly people, are more at risk. ...Read more

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What's the difference between upper and lower respiratory tract infection ?

What's the difference between upper and lower respiratory tract infection ?

The term....: "upper respiratory infection" usually refers to the common cold, but generally means any infection that effects the upper part of the respiratory (breathing) system, namely the nose and throat. The lower respiratory tract is made up of the large airways and the lungs. A lower respiratory infection usually means bronchitis or pneumonia, tends to be more severe and to affect breathing much more. ...Read more

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Can viruses cause lower respiratory tract infections?

Can viruses cause lower respiratory tract infections?

Yes: Certain viruses are the common causes of lower respiratory tract infection: respiratory syncytial virus, influenza, parainfluenza, adenovirus, and human metapneumovirus, also with some attention to rhinoviruses and some new viruses (human coronaviruses and bocavirus). ...Read more

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What is more serious of a disease, lower respiratory tract infections or upper respiratory tract infections?

What is more serious of a disease, lower respiratory tract infections or upper respiratory tract infections?

Lower respiratory: Upper respiratory infections involve upper airways such as throat, nasal cavity, paranasal sinuses, eustachian tubes, trachea as, nd bronchi. When the disease process in the bronchi, or bronchitis, continues, it could begin to involve lower airways in the lung tissues, which is then more advanced lower respiratory infections or pneumonia. ...Read more

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Why might my kindergarten-aged child have a lower body temp during a respiratory virus? 95.2 axillary. Was 99.1 earlier.

Why might my kindergarten-aged child have a lower body temp during a respiratory virus? 95.2 axillary. Was 99.1 earlier.

Axillary temperature: Axillary temperature is 1.5 to 2 degrees lower than body temperature, so 99.1 is actually 100.6 to 101.1. Body temperature vaires during an infection depending on the body's response to fight the infection. ...Read more

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Why is viral upper respiratory tract infections usually benign and that of lower respiratory severe? Explanations please?

Why is viral upper respiratory tract infections usually benign and that of lower respiratory severe? Explanations please?

Different causes: The upper respiratory tract (nose, throat, upper airways) are usually infected by viruses. While annoying, these viruses can be cleared by our immune systems without much problem. The lower respiratory tract (bronchioles and air sacs of the lung) are more susceptible to more serious bacterial infections. These often require antibiotics to clear the infection. ...Read more

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Can bacteria cause lower respiratory tract infections?

Can bacteria cause lower respiratory tract infections?

Yes: Bronchitis and pneumonia can be caused by many viruses, many bacteria, and all the same infectious agents that can cause one person a simple cold, sore throat, ear or sinus infection, may cause another person bronchitis, or pneumonia. ...Read more

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Why do infants have lower blood pressure than adults when their heart and respiratory rates are higher?

Why do infants have lower blood pressure than adults when their heart and respiratory rates are higher?

Needs of the system: The blood pressure needs to be just high enough to push the blood around through the vessels & supply the needs of the body.Babies have shorter & narrower pipes to push the blood through so the pressure can be lower.Babies have a faster metabolism than adults, & the higher heart & respiratory rates that add the oxygen (at low pressure) to help them grow. ...Read more

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I get recurring lower respiratory infections. I have had 5 since october. What type of doctor should I go to for treatment?

Pulmonologist: I'm a little partial to this answer. A pulmonologist could help you to determine whether the recurrent infections are due to underlying structural lung disease or if you have an immune deficiency. ...Read more

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My son is 4 and weighs 34lbs he has an upper n lower respiratory infection he also has asthma oxygen level is 91 is that normal?

My son is 4 and weighs 34lbs he has an upper n lower respiratory infection he also has asthma oxygen level is 91 is that normal?

SeekEvaluationToday!: The oxygen saturation of 91% is lower than we like to see generally speaking. Given his history of asthma in addition to his current respiratory infection he really needs to be evaluated either in the pediatrician's office today (or the ED if unable to get appointment). It may be that you just need to increase the frequency of his asthma meds, but only after a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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Can pitting edema of the lower extremities be caused by CHF also having respiratory difficulty?

Can pitting edema of the lower extremities be caused by CHF also having respiratory difficulty?

Time to see doctor: Heart failure does lead to edema in the legs. A person with difficulty breathing needs to see his doctor right away, or be seen in the E.R. Right away. Other problems can be occurring at the same time that there is heart failure, such as fluid in the lungs, pneumonia, heart attack, etc.... ...Read more

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Cold and lower respiratory infection Almost done with zpak Pain in lower chest when breating In just started fever has not gone away Cause for concern?

Cold and lower respiratory infection Almost done with zpak Pain in lower chest when breating In just started fever has not gone away Cause for concern?

It can be viral : Even you have a viral pneumonia or you have something resistance to the Z-pak, see your doctor and let him get you a chest x-ray if you didn't have one before. ...Read more

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Out of curiosity, what causes bleeding in the lower respitory system?

Out of curiosity, what causes bleeding in the lower respitory system?

Many causes: This condition may be caused by a number of conditions. Infections, inflammation, bleeding disorders, masses, pulmo- renal disease, certain forms of autoimmune disease, chronic bronchiectasis, TB and the list goes on. Doctors assess for upper airway sources as well to determine if the blood is indeed from the lower tract. ...Read more

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Enterobacter aerogenes found in lower respitory track after bronch put on 750 mg levaquin (levofloxacin) but feel like this may not be enough due to resistance...

Enterobacter aerogenes found in lower respitory track after bronch put on 750 mg levaquin (levofloxacin) but feel like this may not be enough due to resistance...

Mgt: If you are recovering while on the medication, I would recommend remaining on the medication. If not, the lab can provide additional information about alternate antibiotics, ...Read more

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