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Other Conditions With Symptoms Similar to Pneumonia

Conditions that have symptoms similar to pneumonia include:

  • Pleurisy, an inflammation of the membrane (pleura ) covering the lungs and lining the chest cavity. Symptoms include chest pain, coughing, and fever.
  • Influenza, a viral infection affecting the respiratory system . Symptoms include fever and fatigue.
  • Bronchitis, which is inflammation of the breathing tubes that lead to the lungs (bronchial tubes). Symptoms include coughing, chest pain, and wheezing.
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is difficulty breathing caused by chronic bronchitis or emphysema .
  • Pulmonary embolus, a sudden blockage of blood flow within the lung. Symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, and a rapid heartbeat.
  • Tuberculosis, a bacterial infection that usually affects the lungs. It can cause fatigue and a cough.
  • Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, an illness caused by a virus found in the saliva, urine, and droppings of some rodents. Symptoms include fever and fatigue.
  • Lung cancer, especially in someone with a history of smoking. Symptoms include cough, chest pain, and shortness of breath.
  • Heart failure, which is the heart not pumping like it should. Symptoms include shortness of breath and fatigue.
  • Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), a virus that causes symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing.
By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer R. Steven Tharratt, MD, MPVM, FACP, FCCP - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Medical Toxicology
Last Revised March 17, 2011

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: March 17, 2011
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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