Sunday, June 29, 2014

June 2014 Medical Terminology Word Pneumonitis

Pneumon/- Word Root

Pneumon/- Lungs

- itis - Suffix

- itis - Inflammation

Pneunonitis - Inflammation of the lung (tissue)

Also known as Pulmonitis

Many factors can cause pneumonitis, including breathing in animal dander, aspiration (inhaling small food particles or vomit "down the wrong pipe"), and receiving radiation therapy to the chest.[3]Pneumonitis was listed as the one of the top 15 leading causes of death (at number 15) in the United States as of 2010, overtaking homicide, which dropped off the list. This was due to a number of factors, including an increase in the population of people over 75, for whom pneumonitis is a common cause of death.[4]
Pneumonia is pneumonitis combined with consolidation and exudation due to infection.[5]