ICU-USA.com Knowledge is the Best Medicine ICU-USA.com Knowledge is the best medicine
www.icu-usa.com
     
Home
About ICU-USA
Feedback
www.icu-usa.com
ICU Medical Conditions 
 

Pneumonia

Definition
Pneumonia is an infection in the lung(s).
 
Causes
Many types of germs cause pneumonia including bacteria, viruses, fungi and others.
 
Treatment
Many types of pneumonia are successfully treated with antibiotics. Patients with severe forms of pneumonia may require insertion of a breathing (endotracheal) tube and use of a breathing machine (mechanical ventilator).
 
Comments
Pneumonia is a common condition from which most people recover. Pneumonia can be very serious and especially when combined with other diseases or injuries can lead to death. Two terms that have no formal or technical medical meaning are commonly used outside the medical community to describe pneumonia. While they are not commonly used within the medical community, they are explained here for clarification purposes. "Walking pneumonia" implies a less serious form of pneumonia that is frequently treated at home (outpatient). "Double pneumonia" implies a more serious form of pneumonia involving multiple parts of one or both lungs. It is most frequently treated in the hospital (inpatient).

 
Related Links

 

National Library of Medicine
The National Library of Medicine website provides information regarding pneumonia and the prevention of pneumonia.

 


HOME | ABOUT ICU-USA | TABLE OF CONTENTS | AFTER THE ICU | PATIENT BILL OF RIGHTS | RELATED LINKS | SPONSORS | FEEDBACK | LOGIN | REGISTER  

ICU-USA.com Knowledge is the best medicine
MedCenter-USA.com Knowledge is the Best Medicine



Copyright ©1999-2013 ICU-USA, Inc.

All rights reserved. All information is intended for general knowledge only and to supplement services of the health care provider; it is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. Seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues. Use of this Web site is subject to the User Agreement and Privacy Policy.