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{{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} Lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI), while often used as a synonym for pneumonia, can also be applied to other types of infection including lung abscess and acute bronchitis. Symptoms include shortness of breath, weakness, fever, coughing and fatigue.

There are a number of infections that can affect the lower respiratory tract. The two most common are bronchitis and pneumonia.<ref name="TGAntibiotic13">Antibiotic Expert Group. Therapeutic guidelines: Antibiotic. 13th ed. North Melbourne: Therapeutic Guidelines; 2006.</ref> Influenza affects both the upper and lower respiratory tracts.

Antibiotics are the first line treatment for pneumonia; however, are not indicated in viral infections. Acute bronchitis typically resolves on its own with time.

In 2013 LRTIs resulted in 2.7 million deaths down from 3.4 million deaths in 1990.<ref name=GDB2013/> This was 4.8% of all deaths in 2013.<ref name=GDB2013>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref>


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{{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} Lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI), while often used as a synonym for pneumonia, can also be applied to other types of infection including lung abscess and acute bronchitis. Symptoms include shortness of breath, weakness, fever, coughing and fatigue.

There are a number of infections that can affect the lower respiratory tract. The two most common are bronchitis and pneumonia.<ref name="TGAntibiotic13">Antibiotic Expert Group. Therapeutic guidelines: Antibiotic. 13th ed. North Melbourne: Therapeutic Guidelines; 2006.</ref> Influenza affects both the upper and lower respiratory tracts.

Antibiotics are the first line treatment for pneumonia; however, are not indicated in viral infections. Acute bronchitis typically resolves on its own with time.

In 2013 LRTIs resulted in 2.7 million deaths down from 3.4 million deaths in 1990.<ref name=GDB2013/> This was 4.8% of all deaths in 2013.<ref name=GDB2013>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref>


Lower respiratory tract infection sections
Intro  Causes  Treatment  Prevention  Epidemiology  Society and culture   References   

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