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This person that I know had flu like symptoms and I took her to the hospital. Tthey diagnosed her with pneumonia. Now she in icu. How is this possible?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: The most dreaded

Complication of influenza is pneumonia, causing respiratory failure and need for icu.

In brief: The most dreaded

Complication of influenza is pneumonia, causing respiratory failure and need for icu.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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Dr. Kevin Olson
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Coincidence

"flu" is a viral infection that enters the body thru the lungs.
Pneumonia can be either bacterial, viral or fungus, which all can enter the body thru the lungs. Unfortunantly, early symptoms of all are very similar. Treatment is often completely different.

In brief: Coincidence

"flu" is a viral infection that enters the body thru the lungs.
Pneumonia can be either bacterial, viral or fungus, which all can enter the body thru the lungs. Unfortunantly, early symptoms of all are very similar. Treatment is often completely different.
Dr. Kevin Olson
Dr. Kevin Olson
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Dr. Mithil Gajera
Critical Care

In brief: Curb65

It depend on how bad the pneumonia is as well symptoms.
Some person particularly young compensate well so when they reach to hospital they are in bad shape. If person with pneumonia had fever, low blood pressure, or damage to any other organ due to infection they need close monitoring. Lots of doctor use curb65 criteria. It stand for confusion, uremia, increase breathing rate, low bp, age > 65.

In brief: Curb65

It depend on how bad the pneumonia is as well symptoms.
Some person particularly young compensate well so when they reach to hospital they are in bad shape. If person with pneumonia had fever, low blood pressure, or damage to any other organ due to infection they need close monitoring. Lots of doctor use curb65 criteria. It stand for confusion, uremia, increase breathing rate, low bp, age > 65.
Dr. Mithil Gajera
Dr. Mithil Gajera
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