Essay On Pneumonia

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Pneumonia and breathing rate

Definition: Pneumonia is an inflammatory condition of lungs which affects microscopic air sac known as alveoli.

History: Pneumonia has been a common disease throughout the world..The word pneumonia is from Greek word (pneumon) which means lung.The symptoms of pneumonia were described by Hippocratesc.460 BC -370BC)Peripneumonia and pleuritic affections, are thus observed: If the symptoms such as fever be acute, and if there be pains on either side occur, or in both, and if expiration occur or if cough ais be present, and the sputa expectorated be of a blond or livid color,or likewise thin, frothy, and florid, or having
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A rapid respiratory rate is normally defined as breathing rate is greater than 60 breaths per minute in children when they are under 2 months old, 50 breaths per minute in children 2 months to 1 year old, or greater than 40 breaths per minute in children 1 to 5 years old.In children, increased respiratory rate and lower chest indrawing are more sensitive than hearing chest crackles with the help of a stethoscope.Grunting and nasal flaring may be other useful signs in children less than five years

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