Pneumonia in immunodeficient patient; Pneumonia - immunocompromised host
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.
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.
- Respiratory failure (the person needs machines to assist in breathing)
- Spread of the infection
Calling your health care provider
Call your health care provider if you have a weakened immune system and you have symptoms of pneumonia.