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Lung Infection Moraxella Overview

Another name for Lung Infection Moraxella is Moraxella Pneumonia.

What is Moraxella pneumonia?
A person with Moraxella pneumonia has inflammation and swelling of the lung, caused by an infection with the bacteria, Moraxella catarrhalis. The inflammation can cause fluid to collect in the lung, which can prevent oxygen from entering the bloodstream. Moraxella catarrhalis is the most common cause of bacterial pneumonia in those who have chronic bronchitis or COPD.

What are the symptoms of Moraxella pneumonia?
Common symptoms of Moraxella pneumonia include cough, coughing up brown or yellow mucus, coughing up blood-streaked mucus, breathing difficulty, and fever. Additional symptoms of Moraxella pneumonia may include weakness, chills, nausea, and chest pain that is worse during a deep breath.

How does the doctor treat Moraxella pneumonia?
Treatment of Moraxella pneumonia includes rest, oral fluids, acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for fever, and antibiotics.

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Last Updated: Aug 27, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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