What is pneumonia?

Also known as: bacterial pneumonia, viral pneumonia, aspiration pneumonia, fungal pneumonia, mycoplasma pneumonia, aspiration pneumonia.

Pneumonia is a type of lung infection/inflammation which may occur at any age though most often in infants and young children. It frequently occurs as a complication of other illnesses and varies from a mild disease to life-threatening. It occurs more often in the winter months and more frequently in boys. Pneumonia may be recurrent and then warrants special investigation.

Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

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