Centers of Excellence

The Lung Center

Pneumonia Services

Pneumonia is an infection within one or both lungs that can lead to respiratory problems, fatigue and fever. It can be caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, allergic reactions or chemical irritants.  People at a higher risk of developing pneumonia include adults older than 65 and those with compromised immune systems and chronic lung diseases, such as asthmachronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and emphysemacystic fibrosisbronchiectasis and lung transplant.

While pneumonia can often be resolved with medication, more serious cases, such as cryptogenic organizing pneumonia (COP) and patients with complications like pleural effusion, empyema and respiratory failure, require the attention of medical-surgical specialists.

Learn more about pneumonia and cryptogenic organizing pneumonia (COP).

Board-certified pulmonologists trained in critical care and interventional pulmonology and thoracic surgeons at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) Lung Center provide specialized diagnostic and treatment services for pneumonia from all causes and cryptogenic organizing pneumonia (COP). Their collaborative goal, along with a team of multidisciplinary specialists, is to cure the infection and prevent complications. For patients who require surgery, our surgeons are highly skilled in chest tube drainage to relieve fluid and thoracotomy to remove damaged lung tissue.

Pneumonia Services Topics

Make an Appointment

Call The Lung Center at 1-844-BWH-LUNG (1-844-294-5864) to make an appointment with a pneumonia specialist or request an appointment online.

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Location

The Lung Center is located at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) at the 15 Francis Street entrance. Thoracic surgery, pulmonary and critical care medicine and thoracic imaging are adjacent to one another, making accessibility and appointment scheduling seamless.

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