Complications of Pneumonia
Complications of Reference pneumonia Opens New Window include:
- Buildup of fluid in the space between the lung and chest wall (Reference pleural effusion Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window).
- Pockets of pus that form in the space between the lung and chest wall (empyema) or in the lung itself (lung Reference abscess Opens New Window).
- Another bacterial lung infection after a viral infection (secondary infection).
- Another bacterial infection, such as a vaginal infection or infections of the digestive system, because of antibiotic therapy (secondary infection).
- Bacteria in the bloodstream (bacteremia) or throughout the body (septicemia).
- Swelling of the covering of the Reference spinal cord Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window (Reference meningitis Opens New Window) caused by spread of the infection.
- Infection of a Reference joint Opens New Window caused by the spread of bacteria through the bloodstream (Reference septic arthritis Opens New Window).
- Infection of the heart muscle or the sac surrounding the heart (Reference endocarditis Opens New Window or Reference pericarditis Opens New Window).
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: March 17, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference R. Steven Tharratt, MD, MPVM, FACP, FCCP - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Medical Toxicology
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