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What could cause six cases of pneumonia and several other respiratory illnesses in a 5 year old?

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Jennifer Anyaegbunam
General Practice
7 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

There is no single common cause of recurrent episodes of pneumonia.
A patient history, physical exam and diagnostic tests will need to be conducted in order to determine the specific underlying cause of the recurrent respiratory infections. Check out http://tulsapedsresidency.Net/wards/pulm/recrntpneumonia.Pdf for more information.

In brief: Depends

There is no single common cause of recurrent episodes of pneumonia.
A patient history, physical exam and diagnostic tests will need to be conducted in order to determine the specific underlying cause of the recurrent respiratory infections. Check out http://tulsapedsresidency.Net/wards/pulm/recrntpneumonia.Pdf for more information.
Jennifer Anyaegbunam
Jennifer Anyaegbunam
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2 comments
Dr. Albert Pizzo
I agree with Dr. Greene. Also search for a chronic illness e.g. allergies or mal-nutrition that can be lowering the childs resistance to disease.
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Also recurrent pneumonia can be due to foreign body aspiration, second hand smoke exposure.
Dr. Allen Fein
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree

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Children with multiple pneumonias, in my opinion as a family physician with 30+ years in practice, should have evaluations done by the following specialists: immunologist, allergist, and if available, pediatric pulmonologist.
At worst, cystic fibrosis needs to be considered. Common causes would be gastroesophageal reflux with resulting aspiration pneumonias, immune problems, and food allergies.

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Children with multiple pneumonias, in my opinion as a family physician with 30+ years in practice, should have evaluations done by the following specialists: immunologist, allergist, and if available, pediatric pulmonologist.
At worst, cystic fibrosis needs to be considered. Common causes would be gastroesophageal reflux with resulting aspiration pneumonias, immune problems, and food allergies.
Dr. Allen Fein
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Dr. Tim Kilkenny
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Could it be asthma?

I agree with my colleagues' answers that this needs further evaluation by a pediatrician.
Problems with the immune system, abnormal anatomy, and even cystic fibrosis can present with recurrent pneumonias. In my experience though, many times a child with asthma presents with multiple episodes of respiratory infections including so-called "asthmonia" recurrent pneumonias related to asthma.

In brief: Could it be asthma?

I agree with my colleagues' answers that this needs further evaluation by a pediatrician.
Problems with the immune system, abnormal anatomy, and even cystic fibrosis can present with recurrent pneumonias. In my experience though, many times a child with asthma presents with multiple episodes of respiratory infections including so-called "asthmonia" recurrent pneumonias related to asthma.
Dr. Tim Kilkenny
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