Long-term mortality after pneumonia

Eric M. Mortensen, Mark L. Metersky

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Although pneumonia is currently considered the eighth leading cause of death in the United States this estimate includes only short-term mortality. Evidence suggests that pneumonia may have significant longer-term effects and that hospitalization for pneumonia is associated with higher long-term mortality than for many other major medical conditions. Reasons for this increased mortality appear to be due to several factors, including cardiovascular disease, neoplasms, and alterations in immune function. Clinicians need to be aware that even for those patients who survive the initial episode of pneumonia there will still be an impact upon their potential survival for the coming years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)319-323
Number of pages5
JournalSeminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 25 2012


  • community-acquired pneumonia
  • long-term effects
  • long-term mortality
  • mortality
  • pneumonia
  • prognosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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