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Is bacterial pneumonia more dangerous for elderly children?
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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: 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.).

In brief: 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.).
Dr. Michael DePietro
Dr. Michael DePietro
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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
In brief: What?
What are elderly children.
After the age of 18 months children may do slightly better than their younger counterparts, but bacterial pneumonia can be a deadly disease, particularly if there is delay in management.

In brief: What?
What are elderly children.
After the age of 18 months children may do slightly better than their younger counterparts, but bacterial pneumonia can be a deadly disease, particularly if there is delay in management.
Dr. Martin Raff
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