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Suggest Treatment For Mild Pneumonia

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Posted on Wed, 19 Oct 2016
Question: I have been diagnised with mild pmeumonia. I am 65 with a cimpromised immune system The pneumonis was discovered during a CT scan. I have no apparent symptoms. Is this "walking pneumonia? I am being treated with augumentin.
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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (18 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
not enough information...

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

"walking pneumonia" is a non-medical term to describe mild pneumonia. So if you've got a mild pneumonia, you can also call it walking...

I can't assess the severity of your pneumonia with current information. Details like your oxygen saturation, clinical findings, the actual CT findings, etc are required to do so. A very commonly used (and easy too) scoring system to assess the severity of pneumonia is CURB-65. C means confusion, U means urea, R means respiratory movements and B means blood pressure. Finally 65 is the age of the patient. Patients above 65 years old are prone to more severe pneumonias. So you get 1 point when the patient has confusion, 1 point when the urea is higher than 38mg% (or BUN higher than 19mg%), 1 point for respiratory rate equal to or higher than 30 per minute. Patients with zero points have a 0.6% death rate, patients with 1 point have 2.7%, patients with 5 points have 28%. I believe you got the idea...

I hope you find my comments helpful!
You can contact me again, if you'd like any clarification or further information.

Kind Regards!
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Suggest Treatment For Mild Pneumonia

Brief Answer: not enough information... Detailed Answer: Hello, "walking pneumonia" is a non-medical term to describe mild pneumonia. So if you've got a mild pneumonia, you can also call it walking... I can't assess the severity of your pneumonia with current information. Details like your oxygen saturation, clinical findings, the actual CT findings, etc are required to do so. A very commonly used (and easy too) scoring system to assess the severity of pneumonia is CURB-65. C means confusion, U means urea, R means respiratory movements and B means blood pressure. Finally 65 is the age of the patient. Patients above 65 years old are prone to more severe pneumonias. So you get 1 point when the patient has confusion, 1 point when the urea is higher than 38mg% (or BUN higher than 19mg%), 1 point for respiratory rate equal to or higher than 30 per minute. Patients with zero points have a 0.6% death rate, patients with 1 point have 2.7%, patients with 5 points have 28%. I believe you got the idea... I hope you find my comments helpful! You can contact me again, if you'd like any clarification or further information. Kind Regards!