Other Types of Pneumonia

by Jeremy Brown, PhD

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    00:00 Right, so that's the discussion about community acquired pneumonia which is commonest form of pneumonia, and the one that most people will be dealing with most of the time.

    00:10 There are, as I've mentioned earlier, other types of pneumonia, the hospital acquired, the ventilator acquired, and there is the immunosuppressed pneumonia. And the reason why we define these as separate to community acquired pneumonia is that the infecting organisms are going to be different. The chance of having a standard normal community acquired organism is much lower in hospital acquired disease. So for example hospital acquired pneumonia, the common organism causing disease in those circumstances will be Staphylococcus aureus, and the gram-negative bacteria: Klebsiella, E. coli Serratia and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and these organisms are harder to treat, and do not respond to the standard amoxicillin and macrolide therapy that you use for community acquired pneumonia. So they require very specific treatments. Immunosuppressed patients, because of that effects of having a very weak immune system, suddenly the patient is actually exposed to infection with a whole range of microorganisms that don't normally affect people, and that doesn't just include bacteria. The bacteria will be the same as you might get it in a hospital acquired disease, but in addition there are a range of viruses, cytomegalovirusese which may cause infection in these circumstances, and cause severe disease. And in addition, the respiratory viruses that in most people are self-limiting and very mild disease parainfluenza, adenovirus, etc. rhinovirus, cause much more severe disease in the immunosuppressed patient.

    01:37 And in addition, there is a range of organisms, fungi which you may get infected with in the immunosuppressed which would never normally infect somebody who's got a normal immune system, and that's mainly Aspergillus and Pneumocystis jirovecii. So hospital acquired pneumonia is important because actually it is the commonest fatal hospital acquired infection. So you need to know about this, as a disease that requires close attention and aggressive treatment when it develops. For treatment it needs to cover the organisms as we discussed, Staphylococcus aureus, the gram-negatives, and pseudomonas, and therefore, patients will normally be receiving coamoxiclav, ciprofloxacin, third-generation cephalosporin such as ceftazidine. They need a more extensive antibiotic regimen that you wouldn't normally use for community acquired pneumonia.

    02:28 The actual presentation of hospital acquired pneumonia is pretty much the same as community acquired pneumonia, cough, fever, shortness of breath, and with new consolidation, a rise in the markers of inflammation. Pneumonia in immunocompromised is very much more complex than normal pneumonia because of this extended range of organisms that may be causing the problems. And again, just to reiterate we are talking about patients who have really quite marked immunosuppression. They have had to have a organ or bone marrow transplantation. They’ve been receiving chemotherapy or high-dose cytotoxic agents or biological agents to immunosuppress them because of a major inflammatory disease such as connective tissue disease, or they have HIV infection with a low CD4 count, or they have a haematological malignancy which by their very nature affect the white cells and therefore make you much more immunosuppressed that you would be normally. The situation here is that there is such a large range of organisms, the decision about treatment options is much more complex than it would be in a normal person presented with a community acquired pneumonia, because you may need to treat respiratory viruses, you may need to treat cytomegalovirus, you need to treat for the organisms that make hospital acquired pneumonia, and then there are the fungi, Aspergillus and Pneumocystis, and unfortunately, Aspergillus and Pneumocystis require very different treatments. So it is a very complex situation that requires clinical assessment to make sure the right medication is given to the patient, and often these patients will end up on antibacterials, antivirals, and antifungal agents, because we are not quite sure what's going on. This is a CT scan showing what an invasive fungal infection looks like after a stem cell transplant with focal disease at the top of the left lung.

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    The lecture Other Types of Pneumonia by Jeremy Brown, PhD is from the course Infections of the Respiratory Tract.

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    1. All the options are correct
    2. Patients who have undergone bone marrow transplantation
    3. Patients receiving chemotherapy
    4. Patients with active HIV infections and low CD4 count
    5. Patients diagnosed with hematological malignancies
    1. Hospital-acquired pneumonia
    2. Central line associated blood stream infection
    3. Catheter-associated urinary tract infection
    4. Surgical site infection
    1. Amoxicillin/clavulanic acid + ciprofloxacin + ceftazidine
    2. Amoxicillin/clavulanic acid
    3. Amoxicillin
    4. Amoxicillin/clavulanic acid + clarithromycin
    5. Amoxicillin + clarithromycin
    1. The presentation of pneumonia in an immunocompromised host is identical to that of pneumonia in healthy individuals.
    2. Pneumonia in immunocompromised hosts is caused by a larger range of organisms.
    3. Treatment of pneumonia in immunocompromised hosts is complex.
    4. Most immunocompromised patients with pneumonia are treated with antibiotics, antivirals and antifungal agents.
    5. Pneumonia in immunocompromised hosts can be caused by atypical organisms like Pneumocystis jirovecii.
    1. Hospital-acquired pneumonia is treated with narrow spectrum antibiotics
    2. Hospital-acquired pneumonia can present similarly to community acquired pneumonia
    3. Ventilator-associated pneumonia is pneumonia acquired while intubated and ventilated
    4. Hospital-acquired pneumonia may arise from a broader spectrum of microorganisms
    5. Hospital-acquired pneumonia is the most common fatal hospital-acquired infection

    Author of lecture Other Types of Pneumonia

     Jeremy Brown, PhD

    Jeremy Brown, PhD

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