Complications of Pneumonia
- Buildup of fluid in the space between the lung
and chest wall (pleural effusion).
- Pockets of pus that
form in the space between the lung and chest wall (empyema) or in the lung
- Another bacterial lung infection
after a viral infection (secondary infection).
- Another bacterial
infection, such as a vaginal infection or infections of the digestive system,
because of antibiotic therapy (secondary infection).
- Bacteria in
the bloodstream (bacteremia) or throughout the body
- Swelling of the covering of the
spinal cord (meningitis) caused by spread of the infection.
- Infection of a
joint caused by the spread of bacteria through the
bloodstream (septic arthritis).
- Infection of the heart muscle or the sac surrounding the heart
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||R. Steven Tharratt, MD, MPVM, FACP, FCCP - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Medical Toxicology|
|Last Revised||March 17, 2011|