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Pneumonia is a very serious condition that also has some very severe complications.

Pneumonia is in third place on the list of most frequent causes of hospitalization. More than a million and a half people that suffer from pneumonia are hospitalized every year.

Although most of the people that suffer from pneumonia respond very well to treatment and most of them are cured, the infection caused by pneumonia is still a serious problem that can cause a lot of complications.

In some countries, pneumonia is the first cause of death because of an infection.

Pneumonia is an inflammatory condition of the lung affecting primarily the microscopic air sacs known as alveoli.

It is usually caused by infection with viruses or bacteria and less commonly other microorganisms, certain drugs and other conditions such as autoimmune diseases.

Typical symptoms include a cough, chest pain, fever, and difficulty breathing.

Diagnostic tools include x-rays and the culture of the sputum. Vaccines to prevent certain types of pneumonia are available.

Treatment depends on the underlying cause. Pneumonia presumed to be bacterial is treated with antibiotics.

If the pneumonia is severe, the affected person is admitted to the hospital.

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