Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Racoon | 2011-09-29

Q.

Re: Pneumonia treatment

Dear Prof

Shortly before reveiving you reply I spoke to our paed who explained that the pneumonia was limited to the mid section of the right lung only, and that thEre was sufficient healthy lung to prevent hypoxia or elevated CO2. He feels home treatment will be succesful, but that if I am worried he will admit him for monitoring and IV antibiotics. I am confused. My gutfeeling says he is worse, so I am trying to decide what to do. Will update again.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This kind of pneumonia is known as lobar pneumonia and can be caused by bacteria such as pneumococcus or haemophilus or sometimes by an aggressive bacteria called klebsiella. There is no doubt in my mind that your son should be in hospital.

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