Bacterial Pneumonia (cont.)
Bacterial Pneumonia Prognosis
Pneumonia is the sixth most common cause of death in the United States. It is the top cause of death from infection.
- Most people with pneumonia improve with antibiotics. Some people develop complications such as sepsis, meningitis, and lung failure. Many of these people die.
- There is no way to predict who is at risk for severe complications. However, the elderly, those with chronic medical conditions, those with lowered immunity, and those that have had a bone marrow or organ transplant have a higher risk for complications.
Medically reviewed by James E Gerace, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Pulmonary Disease
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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/13/2015
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