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Viral Pneumonia (cont.)

Viral Pneumonia Prognosis

Most people get well quickly with no damage to the lungs. You are at a greater risk for developing complications if you are very old or very young, or if you have a weakened immune system or chronic heart or lung disease.

Medically reviewed by Robert Cox, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Infectious Disease

REFERENCES:

McIntosh, K., and S. Perlman. "Coronaviruses including severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (SARS)-associated coronavirus." In: Mandell, G.L., Bennett, J.E., Dolin, R., eds. Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett's Principles and Practice of Infectious Disease. 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier, 2009: chap 155.

Perez-Padilla, R., et al. "Pneumonia and Respiratory Failure from Swine-Origin Influenza A (H1N1) in Mexico." NEJM 361 (2009): 680-689.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/6/2014

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