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what are the tests for pneumocystis infections?

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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 found almost entirely in severely immune suppressed people.
Answered on Nov 11, 2013

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