Symptoms

In general, the symptoms of Klebsiella pneumonia—cough, fever, and chest pain—are indistinguishable from those of pneumococcal pneumonia. Klebsiella pneumonia patients typically have repeated

Figure 23.10 Chest X-Ray Appearance in Pneumococcal Pneumonia

(a) Pneumonia.The left lung (right side of figure) appears white because fluid-filled alveoli stop the X-ray beam from reaching the X-ray film and turning it black.

(b) Normal X-ray film after recovery.The X-ray beam passes through air-filled alveoli and turns the film black.

Figure 23.10 Chest X-Ray Appearance in Pneumococcal Pneumonia

(a) Pneumonia.The left lung (right side of figure) appears white because fluid-filled alveoli stop the X-ray beam from reaching the X-ray film and turning it black.

(b) Normal X-ray film after recovery.The X-ray beam passes through air-filled alveoli and turns the film black.

578 Chapter 23 Respiratory System Infections chills, however, and their sputum is red and gelatinous, resembling currant jelly. Their mortality rate without treatment is 50% to 80%, and they tend to die sooner than other pneumonia patients.

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