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  1. Legionnaires' Disease and Pontiac Fever - Topic Overview

    What are Legionnaires' disease and Pontiac fever? Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia. This type of pneumonia is caused by bacteria called Legionella pneumophila. The bacteria can also cause a less severe,more flu-like condition known as Pontiac fever. The diseases caused by Legionella pneumophila are also called legionellosis. Legionnaires' disease generally affects people older ...

  2. Pneumonia - Symptoms

    Pneumonia symptoms caused by bacteria in otherwise healthy people younger than 65 usually come on suddenly. Pneumonia symptoms often start during or after an upper respiratory infection, such as influenza or a cold.

  3. Tests for Lung Infections - Topic Overview

    Other tests for lung infections,such as pneumonia and acute bronchitis,may include: Blood tests or cultures. Blood tests may help determine whether antibodies to a specific organism that can cause pneumonia are present or whether specific viruses,such as influenza (flu) or respiratory syncytial virus (RSV),are present. A test for blood urea nitrogen (BUN) can help tell how serious an ...

  4. Pneumonia - Exams and Tests

    Your doctor will usually diagnose pneumonia by using your medical history, a physical exam, and a chest X - ray. Based on the medical history and physical exam, your doctor may start your treatment right away without doing other tests. The need for more t

  5. Anticholinergics for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

    Drug details for Anticholinergics for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

  6. Breathing Exercises: Using a Manual Incentive Spirometer

    Breathing can be hard after you've had surgery,when you have pneumonia or a lung disease like COPD,or if you're on bed rest. You may find that you can only take small,shallow breaths. Breathing this way makes it harder to get air into your lungs and can cause fluid and mucus to build up in your lungs. This could cause a serious lung infection like pneumonia. Using an incentive spirometer ...

  7. Bullectomy for COPD - Topic Overview

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) weakens the structure of the lung and may also damage the tiny air sacs (alveoli) in the lung. When these air sacs break down,larger airspaces known as bullae are formed. Bullae sometimes can become so large that they interfere with breathing and may cause complications: They can burst,leading to a collapsed lung ( pneumothorax ). A collapsed lung ...

  8. COPD: Lung Volume Reduction Surgery - Topic Overview

    In lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS),a large area of damaged lung is removed to allow the remaining lung tissue to expand when you breathe in. This surgery sometimes is done if you have severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) with severe emphysema. 1 The National Emphysema Treatment Trial has examined the results of LVRS. The results of this study report that people not ...

  9. COPD: Avoiding Weight Loss

    Key pointsSome people with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)-especially those with emphysema-may be underweight and malnourished. People with COPD often lose weight. When you lose weight, you lose muscle mass, including the muscles that help you breathe. This may make breathing more difficult. About 1 in 4 people with COPD weighs too little for good health, and those who are ...

  10. COPD: Avoiding Your Triggers

    You can do things at home to manage COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). By learning the triggers for COPD and avoiding them, you can help reduce flare-ups.

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