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Can croup cause pneumonia?

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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: Not exactly

Croup describes a clinical syndrome that involves infection ( usually viral) of the upper airway and maybe the air tubes ( bronchitis) so it can not "cause pneumonia" however some of the viruses that can cause croup like symptoms can also infect the lower resp tract and cause pneumonia or infection of the air spaces in the lungs.

In brief: Not exactly

Croup describes a clinical syndrome that involves infection ( usually viral) of the upper airway and maybe the air tubes ( bronchitis) so it can not "cause pneumonia" however some of the viruses that can cause croup like symptoms can also infect the lower resp tract and cause pneumonia or infection of the air spaces in the lungs.
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine

In brief: Sometimes aspiration

Most pneumonia associated with croup, upper airway obstruction, is related to aspiration during respiratory distress, Sometimes lower airway viral bronchiolitis will occur concomittantly with croup.

In brief: Sometimes aspiration

Most pneumonia associated with croup, upper airway obstruction, is related to aspiration during respiratory distress, Sometimes lower airway viral bronchiolitis will occur concomittantly with croup.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics

In brief: No

Croup is a symptom of a respiratory infection, which in some, may also cause a lung infection.

In brief: No

Croup is a symptom of a respiratory infection, which in some, may also cause a lung infection.
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