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What sort of problem is an atypical pneumonia?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine
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In brief: Atypical pneumonia

The classic form on pneumonia presents with abrupt onset of cough, high fever, shaking shills, production of rusty colored sputum, and profound malaise.
This is usually caused by the pneumococcus germ. There are several types of lung infection with a slower mode of onset and takes longer to diagnosis. The classic example of this is legionaire's disease, but there are other forms as well.

In brief: Atypical pneumonia

The classic form on pneumonia presents with abrupt onset of cough, high fever, shaking shills, production of rusty colored sputum, and profound malaise.
This is usually caused by the pneumococcus germ. There are several types of lung infection with a slower mode of onset and takes longer to diagnosis. The classic example of this is legionaire's disease, but there are other forms as well.
Dr. Colin Kerr
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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: Diffuse pneumonia

Atypical pneumonia refers to a pneumonia where the x-ray looks like there are diffuse not focal changes and maybe when the abnormal x ray findings consistent mostly in increased "interstitial" changes sort of like increased think lines across the cxr, as opposed to a local focal cxr abnormality.
It used to be thought atypical pneumonia was caused by viruses or some specific kinds of germs.

In brief: Diffuse pneumonia

Atypical pneumonia refers to a pneumonia where the x-ray looks like there are diffuse not focal changes and maybe when the abnormal x ray findings consistent mostly in increased "interstitial" changes sort of like increased think lines across the cxr, as opposed to a local focal cxr abnormality.
It used to be thought atypical pneumonia was caused by viruses or some specific kinds of germs.
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