Community Acquired Pneumonia

Joshua Strommen MD, FACEP

In 2015 Influenza and Pneumonia combined were the 8th most common cause of death in the United States. Pneumonia is an infection of the lung tissue itself. The constellation of symptoms associated with pneumonia (cough, fever, chest pain, difficulty breathing) is a common reason for seeking medical care.

Community Acquired Pneumonia (CAP) can be the result of bacterial, viral, or fungal infections. A few conditions that predispose someone to getting pneumonia are smoking tobacco, chronic alcoholism, recent influenza infection, advanced age, and diabetes.

 

How is Pneumonia diagnosed?