Medical Dictionary: Lobar pneumonia


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Lobar pneumonia: Another name for Pneumococcal pneumonia.
Lobar pneumonia (condition): Lung pneumnoia from streptococcus bacteria.

Lobar pneumonia: Pneumococcal pneumonia is an infection in the lungs caused by bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae. S. pneumoniae, also called pneumococcus, can infect the upper respiratory tracts of adults and children and can spread to the blood, lungs, middle ear, or nervous system. CDC estimates S. pneumoniae causes 40,000 deaths and 500,000 cases of pneumonia annually in the United States. The yearly incidence of pneumococcal pneumonia is twice as high in African Americans than in whites and is responsible for 3,000 cases of meningitis (inflammation of spinal cord membranes), 50,000 cases of bacteremia (bacteria in the blood), and 7 million cases of otitis media (inner ear infection) [JAMA; 285:1729-1735, 2001].1

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1. excerpt from Pneumococcal Pneumonia, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID

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