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Who Gets Pneumonia?

  • Robert D. Brandstetter

Abstract

Respiratory infections are the most common of all infections. The most serious respiratory infection, pneumonia, carries the highest mortality of all infectious diseases and is the fifth leading cause of death. Pneumonia is an inflammatory process of the alveolar space, with the diagnosis based on clinical findings and supporting laboratory data. Although pneumonia can be caused by numerous etiologic agents, infectious pneumonia depends on the presence of microorganisms and their biologic products. Indeed equally as true as “no acid—no ulcer,” one can say, “no microbe—no infectious pneumonia.”

Keywords

Cystic Fibrosis Alveolar Macrophage Chronic Bronchitis Chronic Granulomatous Disease Situs Inversus 
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