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Can you explain the pathophysiology of pneumonia and rheumatic heart disease?
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David Miller
Family Medicine
9 doctors agree
In brief: Two diff diseases
These are two different diseases.
Pneumonia is an infection in the lung that causes fluid to collect within the air spaces (maybe w/in a lobe or more diffuse). Rheumatic heart disease is caused by the body attacking the valves of the heart in response to an untreated/inadequately treated streptococcal (most often group a) infection ("strep throat" or other).

In brief: Two diff diseases
These are two different diseases.
Pneumonia is an infection in the lung that causes fluid to collect within the air spaces (maybe w/in a lobe or more diffuse). Rheumatic heart disease is caused by the body attacking the valves of the heart in response to an untreated/inadequately treated streptococcal (most often group a) infection ("strep throat" or other).
David Miller
David Miller
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Dr. Rick Koch
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Two separate
Processes.

In brief: Two separate
Processes.
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Dr. Rick Koch
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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: See details
Pneumonia is generally an infectious disease and rhd is an autoimmune process.

In brief: See details
Pneumonia is generally an infectious disease and rhd is an autoimmune process.
Dr. Ronald Krauser
Dr. Ronald Krauser
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