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Can viral pneumonia kill you?

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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Sometimes

Most cases of viral pneumonia are relatively mild and resolve spontaneously.
There are exceptions. Influenza pneumonia can cause a severe life threatening pneumonia even in otherwise healthy people. In patients whose immune system is compromised a more severe viral pneumonia can occur. This might be seen in those with hiv, after and organ transplant or after cancer chemotherapy.

In brief: Sometimes

Most cases of viral pneumonia are relatively mild and resolve spontaneously.
There are exceptions. Influenza pneumonia can cause a severe life threatening pneumonia even in otherwise healthy people. In patients whose immune system is compromised a more severe viral pneumonia can occur. This might be seen in those with hiv, after and organ transplant or after cancer chemotherapy.
Dr. Michael DePietro
Dr. Michael DePietro
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Dr. Jay Park
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Good examples are severe RSV (respiratory syncyctial virus) and varicella (causative organism for chicken pox) pneumonia that lead to respiratory failure and fatality.

In brief: Yes

Good examples are severe RSV (respiratory syncyctial virus) and varicella (causative organism for chicken pox) pneumonia that lead to respiratory failure and fatality.
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park
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