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Chemical Pneumonia (cont.)

Chemical Pneumonia Prognosis

Prognosis depends on the chemical exposure and person's medical condition. For example, an elderly person with lung disease exposed to moderate amounts of vaporized ammonium chloride might suffer more serious problems as compared to a young athlete with no lung problems. In general, the more severe the symptoms, the more likely the patient will suffer short- and long-term complications.

  • Short-term complications include other organ injury in addition to possible death.
  • Long-term complications include lung scarring and recurrent pneumonia.

Medically reviewed by James E Gerace, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Pulmonary Disease

REFERENCES:

MedscapeReference.com. Aspiration Pneumonia.

MedscapeReference.com. Occupational Lung Diseases.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/8/2014
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