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Here's a number of buzzwords that can help trigger the cause of pneumonia:

  • Young, healthy patient ---> Mycoplasma
  • HIV patient with CD count less than 200 ---> Pneumocystis jiroveci
  • Alcoholic patient, diabetics, chronic lung disease ---> Klebsiella or lung abscess
  • Southwest desert exposure ---> Coccidiodomycosis, pneumonic plague
  • Exposure to rabbits ---> Francisella tularensis
  • Travel to southeast Asia ---> SARS
  • Travel to Mexico ---> H1N1
  • Birds exposure ---> Chlamydia psittaci
  • Birds droppings, spelunking, bats (recreational cave exploration) ---> Histoplasma capsulatum
  • Whoop or post tussive vomiting ---> Bordetella pertusis
  • Contaminated water sources, smoker, elderly ---> Legionella
  • Exposure to animal while giving birth ---> Q fever
  • Animal wools ---> wool sorter disease
  • Rusty sputum ---> Streptoccocus pneumoniae
  • Red Currant Jelly bloody sputum --->Klebsiella
  • Foul smelling sputum ---> Anaerobes and lung abscess
  • HIV patient or immunocomprased or third World ---> TB
  • Cystic fibrosis ---> Pseudomonas
  • Smoker and COPD ---> Haemophilus inflenzae
  • Post viral (after influenza) ---> Staph aureus
If you know more please add to the list :)
 
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