|Pneumonia is an infection in the
|Many types of germs cause pneumonia
including bacteria, viruses, fungi and others.
|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).
|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
The American Lung Association provides the consumer with extensive
information regarding pneumonia.
National Library of Medicine
The National Library of Medicine website provides information
regarding pneumonia and the prevention of pneumonia.