What are the possible complications of influenza pneumonia?

Updated: Apr 23, 2019
  • Author: Hien H Nguyen, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Methicillin-susceptible S aureus( MSSA) and methicillin-resistant S aureus (MRSA) pneumonias have occurred after influenza pneumonia. MRSA pneumonia may be severe and difficult to treat, and deaths have occurred within 24 hours of presentation of pneumonia symptoms.

S pneumoniae or H influenzae pneumonia, if occurring as a complication, usually develops 2-3 weeks after the initial symptoms of influenza. These cases can be managed as a community-acquired pneumonia, in accordance with standard antibiotic and admission-discharge guidelines.


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