Introduction: Pneumonia


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Pneumonia: Infection or inflammation of the lungs.

Pneumonia: Pneumonia is a lung disease that can be caused by a variety of viruses, bacteria, and sometimes fungi. The U.S. Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate nearly 90,000 people in the United States died from one of several kinds of pneumonia in 1999. In the United States, pneumonia is the fifth leading cause of death [Natl Vital Stat Report 47 (25), 10/5/1999]. Rates of infection are three-times higher in African Americans than in whites and are 5- to 10-times higher in Native-American adults and 10-times higher in Native-American children [J Infect Dis;170:368-76, 1994]. 1

Researching symptoms of Pneumonia: Further information about the symptoms of Pneumonia is available including a list of symptoms of Pneumonia, other diseases that might have similar symptoms in differential diagnosis of Pneumonia, or alternatively return to research other symptoms in the symptom center.

Misdiagnosis and Pneumonia: Research more detailed information about misdiagnosis of Pneumonia, failure to diagnose Pneumonia, underlying causes of Pneumonia (possibly misdiagnosed), or research misdiagnosis of other diseases

Treatments for Pneumonia: Various information is available about treatments available for Pneumonia, or research treatments for other diseases.

Causes of Pneumonia: Research more detailed information about the causes of Pneumonia, other possibly hidden causes of Pneumonia, or other general information about Pneumonia.

Statistics and Pneumonia: Various sources and calculations are available in statistics about Pneumonia, prevalence and incidence statistics for Pneumonia, and you can also research other medical statistics in our statistics center.

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

Last revision: June 10, 2003

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