Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Klebsiella Pneumonia Overview

What is klebsiella pneumonia?
A person with klebsiella pneumonia has inflammation and swelling of the lung, caused by an infection with the bacteria, Klebsiella pneumoniae. The inflammation can cause fluid to collect in the lung, which can prevent oxygen from entering the bloodstream. Klebsiella pneumoniae is the most common cause of bacterial pneumonia in alcoholics.

What are the symptoms of klebsiella pneumonia?
Common symptoms include cough, coughing up brown or blood-streaked mucus, breathing difficulty, and fever. Additional symptoms of klebsiella pneumonia include weakness, chills, nausea, and chest pain that worsens with breathing.

How does the doctor treat klebsiella pneumonia?
Treatment for klebsiella pneumonia includes rest, hydration, fever control, and antibiotics.

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Last Updated: Nov 2, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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