Parasitic pneumonia

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Parasitic pneumonia
Parasitic pneumonia- a) Ectatic bronchus ,b) pulmonary helminths in an ectatic bronchiole

Parasitic pneumonia is an infection of the lungs by parasites.[1][better source needed] It is a rare cause of pneumonia, occurring almost exclusively in immunocompromised persons (persons with a weakened or absent immune system). This is a respiratory infection that may or may not be serious.[citation needed]

There is a variety of parasites that can affect the lungs. In general, these parasites enter the body through the skin or by being swallowed. Once inside the body, these parasites travel to the lungs, most often through the blood. There, a similar combination of cellular destruction and immune response causes disruption of oxygen transportation. Depending on the type of parasite, antihelmynthic drugs can be prescribed.[citation needed]

The most common parasites involved:[2]

Poor hygiene is a factor in parasitic infestations[1]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Cheepsattayakorn, Attapon; Cheepsattayakorn, Ruangrong (2014). "Parasitic Pneumonia and Lung Involvement". BioMed Research International. 2014: 874021. doi:10.1155/2014/874021. ISSN 2314-6133. PMC 4068046. PMID 24995332.
  2. J17.3