Other Kinds of Pneumonia

Many of the less common pneumonias have a high death toll and are occurring more often. Various special pneumonias are caused by the inhalation of:

  • food
  • liquid
  • gases
  • dust
  • a foreign body

Pneumonia can also be caused by a bronchial obstruction such as a tumour.

Rickettsiae (considered something between viruses and bacteria, like a mycoplasma) cause Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Q fever, typhus, and psittacosis --diseases that involve the lungs to a greater or lesser extent. Tuberculous pneumonia is an overwhelming lung infection and extremely dangerous unless treated early.

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Page Last Updated: 19/01/2015