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How does double pneumonia vary from regular?
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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: Both lungs
This is not a precise medical term, can be be used when there is evidence of infection in both lungs, as such it is potentially more severe, but in reality may not be.
For example a viral pneumonia can have xray findings suggesting both lungs are affected but the consequences in terms of the infection may be milder than a severe bacterial infection that extensively involves one lung.

In brief: Both lungs
This is not a precise medical term, can be be used when there is evidence of infection in both lungs, as such it is potentially more severe, but in reality may not be.
For example a viral pneumonia can have xray findings suggesting both lungs are affected but the consequences in terms of the infection may be milder than a severe bacterial infection that extensively involves one lung.
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