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Pneumonia - weakened immune system

  • Alternative Names

    Pneumonia in immunodeficient patient; Pneumonia - immunocompromised host


    Treatment

    Antibiotics or antifungal medicines are used, depending on the type of germ that is causing the infection. Patients usually must stay in the hospital, at least during the early stages of the illness.

    Oxygen and respiratory treatments to remove fluid and mucus are often needed.


    Support Groups


    Expectations (prognosis)

    The outcome may be poor if the pneumonia is caused by a virus or fungus, or if the patient's immune system is severely weakened.


    Complications
    • Respiratory failure (the person needs machines to assist in breathing)
    • Sepsis
    • Spread of the infection
    • Death

    Calling your health care provider

    Call your health care provider if you have a weakened immune system and you have symptoms of pneumonia.