The seriousness of pneumonia depends on the individuals overall health and the type and severity of the pneumonia. If the person is young and healthy, pneumonia can usually be treated successfully. Those with other health conditions, especially from smoking, or if older, pneumonia may be harder to cure. These individuals are also more likely to develop lung complications, some of which can be life-threatening.
Sepsis: Sepsis, or bacteremia, is bacteria in the bloodstream. Pneumonia can be deadly when inflammation fills the air sacs in the lungs and interferes with the individual's ability to breathe. In some cases the infection may invade the bloodstream. It can then spread quickly to other organs.
Fluid accumulation: Pleural effusion is when fluid accumulates between the thin, transparent membrane covering the lungs and the membrane that lines the inner surface of the chest wall. Normally, the pleurae are silky smooth, allowing the lungs to slide easily along the chest wall when the individual breathes in and out. But when the pleurae around the lungs become inflamed (called pleurisy), often as a result of pneumonia, fluid can accumulate and may become infected (called empyema).
Lung abscess: A lung abscess, or a cavity containing pus that forms within the area affected by pneumonia, is another potential complication. Abscesses usually are treated with antibiotics, but in rare cases they may need to be removed surgically.
Mechanical breathing: Some individuals with pneumonia who cannot breathe on their own may require the assistance of a mechanical ventilator. Ventilator-associated pneumonia has a high mortality rate (up to 40%) and has serious complications, such as acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).
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