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What is the difference between pneumonia and severe bronchitis?
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Location...
Bronchitis is an infection of the airways whereas pneumonia is an infection of the lung parenchyma itself.
Clinically, pneumonia tends to be more severe than bronchitis but there is plenty of overlap so this distinction cannot always be made on clinical grounds alone. A chest x-ray will usually tell the difference as pneumonia usually shows on a chest x-ray but bronchitis does not show.

In brief: Location...
Bronchitis is an infection of the airways whereas pneumonia is an infection of the lung parenchyma itself.
Clinically, pneumonia tends to be more severe than bronchitis but there is plenty of overlap so this distinction cannot always be made on clinical grounds alone. A chest x-ray will usually tell the difference as pneumonia usually shows on a chest x-ray but bronchitis does not show.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Pradeep Singh
Family Medicine
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In brief: Negative cxr
Bronchitis without any cxr evidence of infiltrate.

In brief: Negative cxr
Bronchitis without any cxr evidence of infiltrate.
Dr. Pradeep Singh
Dr. Pradeep Singh
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