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Pneumonia - Causes

Pneumonia occurs when certain bacterial, viral, and fungal infections cause inflammation in the air sacs, or alveoli, of the lungs. Some of the more common causes in the United States include Streptococcus pneumoniae or pneumococcus bacteria, the influenza or flu virus, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

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Pneumonia - Signs, Symptoms, and Complications

The signs and symptoms of pneumonia can be mild or severe and may include a cough with phlegm (a slimy substance), fever, chills, and trouble breathing. Possible complications may include bacteremia, septic shock, lung abscesses, pleural effusions, empyema, pleurisy, renal failure, or respiratory failure.

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Pneumonia - Risk Factors

Many factors such as age (being younger than two years old or 65 of older), smoking, and other medical conditions such as heart failure, diabetes, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), or people who have weak immune systems due to HIV/AIDS, chemotherapy (a treatment for cancer), or organ or blood and marrow stem cell transplant procedures can increase your chances of getting pneumonia and having more severe pneumonia.

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Conduction Disorders - Causes

heart block 

Conduction disorders may be caused by structural problems in the heart or other medical conditions. Some people have a conduction disorder at birth, while others develop it later in life.

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Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation - Diagnosis

consumption coagulopathy 

Your doctor will diagnose DIC based on your medical history, a physical exam, and tests. Your doctor will also look for the cause of DIC, because it does not occur on its own.

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Vasculitis - Diagnosis

angiitis  arteritis 

It may be possible for your doctor to diagnose the type of vasculitis that you have and how severe or advanced it is. Depending on your signs and symptoms, your doctor may recommend you to a specialist for tests or do diagnostic tests or procedures.

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Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation - Risk Factors

consumption coagulopathy 

Risk factors for DIC include infection, injury, lifestyle habits, and other medical conditions.

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Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation - Screening and Prevention

consumption coagulopathy 

Routine screening is not performed for DIC. If you have a medical condition that raises your risk for DIC, your doctor may recommend testing. For more information about medical tests, visit the diagnosis section.

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Sleep Apnea: Risk Factors

sleep  sleep apnea  Obstructive Sleep Apnea 

There are many risk factors for sleep apnea. Some risk factors, such as unhealthy lifestyle habits and environments, can be changed. Other risk factors, such as age, family history and genetics, race and ethnicity, and sex, cannot be changed.

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Sickle Cell Disease - Treatment

sickle cell anemia  hemoglobin s  sickling disorder due to hemoglobin s 

A blood and bone marrow transplant is currently the only cure for some patients who have sickle cell disease. The goal of treatment is health maintenance to prevent complications and medicines and treatments to manage complications, including chronic pain.

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