Parasitic pneumonia


Parasitic pneumonia

Parasitic pneumonia is an infection of the lungs by parasites. It is a rare cause of pneumonia, occurring almost exclusively in immunocompromised persons, such as persons suffering from AIDS. This is a Respiratory infection that may or may not be serious.

There are a variety of parasites which 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.

The most common parasites involved:
*Toxoplasma gondii
*Strongyloides stercoralis
*Ascariasis
*Hookworm

ee also

*Pneumonia
*Pneumocystis pneumonia


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