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Abscess Lung Underlying Cause

Lung abscess are caused by bacteria in the lung. The bacteria invade the lung tissue and start to grow. The body forms an abscess, in order to fight the infection. An abscess is a collection of pus, which is made up of infected tissue and white blood cells that fight infection.

Conditions that can lead to lung abscess include:

Abscess Lung Pathogens

Examples of bacteria and other organisms that cause lung abscesses include:

  • Actinomyces israelii
  • Aspergillus
  • Atypical mycobacteria
  • Beta-hemolytic streptococcus
  • Blastomycosis
  • Coccidioidomycosis
  • Cryptococcus
  • Haemophilus influenzae
  • Histoplasmosis
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae
  • Legionella pneumophila
  • Nocardia
  • Staphylococcus aureus

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Last Updated: Feb 7, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Abscess Lung References
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