What are the potential complications of bacterial pneumonia?

Updated: Sep 30, 2020
  • Author: Justina Gamache, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Potential complications of bacterial pneumonia include the following:

  • Destruction and fibrosis/organization of lung parenchyma with scarring

  • Bronchiectasis

  • Necrotizing pneumonia

  • Frank cavitation

  • Empyema

  • Pulmonary abscess

  • Respiratory failure

  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome

  • Ventilator dependence

  • Superinfection

  • Meningitis

  • Death

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