Pneumonia is a respiratory illness and an infection that causes Inflammation of the Lungs. It can be caused by bacteria, virus, and other cause agents.

The area of the Lungs affected is the Alveolar Region, also referred to as the parenchyma. Often, abnormal or excess fluid can accumulate within the alveolar.

Pneumonia is a common illness among those who are chronically and terminally ill. Vaccines are available for prevention in some cases, especially in elderly patients and those immunocompromised. It is important to speak with your health care professional to see if you qualify.

The prognosis of pneumonia can vary from patient to patient. The factors involved depend largely on the patient and their underlying conditions, current health situation, and possible or potential complications. Another similar medical condition with similar symptoms is Bronchitis.

Bronchitis affects the bronchi and is a different diagnosis and different symptoms. Alveoli – are sacs that fill with air and allow for Respiration of oxygen.

Potential Symptoms of Pneumonia:

–  Cough
–  Mucus production – with or without blood
–  Difficulty breathing
–  Shortness of breath
–  Dyspnea
–  Fever
–  Chills
–  Shaking
–  Nausea
–  Vomiting
–  Chest pain
–  Fatigue
–  A Decreased appetite
–  Nasal congestion
–  Headache

Potential Complications of this Condition (especially if untreated):

–  Hospitalization
–  Breathing tubes
–  Ventilator
–  Respiratory failure
–  Sepsis
–  Shock
–  Pleural effusion
–  Empyema

Classifications of Pneumonia

1.) Lobar pneumonia

–  Only affects a single lobe
–  May only be in a section of the lung

2.) Multilobar pneumonia

–  More than one lobe
–  Is increasingly severe
–  Increases complications

3.)  Interstitial pneumonia

–  Inflammation and infections of the tissues between the alveoli.
–  More often caused by Virus
–  Can also be caused by “atypical bacteria”

4.)  Bronchial pneumonia

–  Affects the lungs and tubes leading to the lungs
–  Affects the bronchi and bronchioles


1.)  Viral Pneumonia

.      Adenovirus
.      Influenza virus A & B
.      Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) [Seen most often in children]
.      Herpes Simplex virus
.      Parainfluenza virus  [Seen most often in children]
.      Cytomegalovirus
.      Varicella-zoster virus

2.)  Bacterial Pneumonia

Gram Positive

.       Streptococcus pneumoniae
.       Staphylococcus aureus

Gram Negative

.       Haemophilus influenzae
.       Pseudomonas aeruginosa
.       Klebsiella pneumoniae
.       Escherichia coli
.       Moraxella catarhallis

3.)  Atypical Pneumonia

–  Legionella pneumophila
–  Mycoplasma pneumoniae
–  Chlamydophila pneumoniae

4.)  Fungal Pneumonia

–   Histoplasma capsulatum   [Histoplasmosis]
–   Coccidioides immitis [Coccidioidomycosis]
–   Blastomycosis
–   Cryptococcosis
–   Aspergillosis
–   Pneumocystis pneumoniaseen in immunocompromised and HIV patients
–   Sporotrichosis
–   Candidiasis

5.)  Parasite Pneumonia

–   Toxoplasma gondii
–   Ascariasis
–   Stringyloides
–   Hook worm

Pneumonia can be classified in two areas

1.)  Community-Acquired Pneumonia

–  Acquired outside a hospital setting.
–   X-ray is very important
–   Blood sputum helpful

2.)  Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia

–   Also called “nosocomial pneumonia
–   Acquired 72 hours or more after hospitalization
–   Cause agents are often different
–   On average – 5% of patients at hospitals will develop pneumonia
–   Bacteria may be resistant such as:
–   MRSA
–   Pseudomonas
–   Serratia
–   Enterobacter
–   others

****May also be a result of a ventilator

Other types include:

1.)  Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
2.)  Chemical pneumonia
3.)  Aspiration pneumonia
4.)  Eosinophilic pneumonia
5.)  Dust pneumonia
6.)  Bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia  (BOOP)
7.)  Opportunistic pneumonia
8.)  Necrotizing pneumonia


Antibiotics for bacterial pneumonia

   –   Amoxicillin  –  Strept treatment
   –   Flucloxacillin  –  Staph treatment
   –   Doxycycline  –  C. pneumoniae
   –   Erythromycin  –  C. psittaci, Mycoplasma, Legionella treatment
   –   Rifampicin  –  added for Legionella
   –   Clarithromycin
   –   Azithromycin
   –   Fluoroquinolones

Hospital Acquired Pneumonia

Medication for viral pneumonia

   –   Oseltamivir  –  is anantiviral drug

Antibiotics for bacterial pneumonia

   –   Vancomycin
   –   Ceftazidime  [Cefzim, Fortum]  –  antibiotic  –  Pseudomonas aeruginosa
   –   Marbapenem  –  class of antibiotics
   –   Beta Lactam –  class of antibiotics
   –   Beta Lactamase Inhibitors– class of antibiotics

Antifungal for fungal pneumonia

Antifungal Medications

   –   Fluconazole [Diflucan, Trican]
   –   Itraconazole
   –   Amphotericin B