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What leads to pneumocystis infections?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
37 years experience in Family Medicine
Opportunistic: Any condition that compromises the immune system can allow pneumocystis to manifest: cancers, HIV disease, immunosupressant drugs for organ transplants or for autoimmune diseases (ra, psoriasis, etc); chemotherapy.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014

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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Immune deficiency: Pneumocystis infection generally occurs in people with immune deficiency. At a minimum you should be tested for HIV infection.

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