Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs. It affects the small airways and air sacs in the lungs.
Development of Pneumonia in the Air Sacs of the Lungs
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Pneumonias are sometimes described by where and how you were infected, for example:
- Community-acquired pneumonia—acquired in the community (at school, work, gym)
- Nosocomial pneumonia—acquired in a hospital
- Aspiration pneumonia—happens when a foreign matter is inhaled (commonly happens while throwing up stomach contents)
Last reviewedSeptember 2012by Brian Randall, MD
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