For patients who require hospitalization for pneumonia, the death rate is between 10 - 25%. If pneumonia develops in patients already hospitalized for other conditions, the rates are even higher. They range from 50 - 70% and are greater in women than in men....
Pneumonia is also very dangerous in people with diabetes, cirrhosis, sickle cell disease, cancer, and in those who have had their spleens removed.
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