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pneumocystis infection in children

A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience Infectious Disease
Several: A chest x-ray can be suggestive but staining of the respiratory secretions to see the cyst form of the organism is the best test for this infection fo ... Read More

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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
Pulmonary symptoms: Cough (usually dry), shortness of breath, and fever. The onset is typically more gradual than with bacterial pneumonia, getting progressively worse o ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Gabor
32 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
Infection: by the quasi-fungal microbe pneumocystis jiroveci(carinii), generally an opportunistic infection, usually pneumonia, afflicting immunocompromised ind ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
It can: It is unfortunate that by the time you get pneumocystis your immune system is severely compromised. It is a treatable condition with good but not exce ... Read More
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Dr. Colin Kerr
43 years experience Family Medicine
Pneumocystis: Best to see a specialist since this is a pretty uncommon infection and most general doctors will have little experience in managing it, unless they do ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
33 years experience Medical Oncology
No: Pneumocystis is an infectious organism. It can only be treated with specific antibiotics. On the other hand, radiation can weaken the immune system an ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Immune deficiency: Pneumocystis infection generally occurs in people with immune deficiency. At a minimum you should be tested for HIV infection.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience Infectious Disease
Several: A chest x-ray can be suggestive but staining of the respiratory secretions to see the cyst form of the organism is the best test for this infection fo ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
37 years experience Family Medicine
Opportunistic: Any condition that compromises the immune system can allow pneumocystis to manifest: cancers, HIV disease, immunosupressant drugs for organ transplant ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Normally uncommon: This is generally a disease which affects immunocompromised individuals. Patients with hiv-aids, those with certain malignancies, or other conditions ... Read More
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