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What is the definition or description of: Pneumocystis carinii?

What is the definition or description of: Pneumocystis carinii?

Pneumocystis carinii: Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) causes inflammation & fluid accumulation in lungs. It is caused by an opportunist infect with Pneumocystis jiroveci fungus. ...Read more

Dr. Bradford Patt
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Pneumocystis Carinii (Definition)

Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) causes inflammation & fluid accumulation in lungs. It is caused by an opportunist infect ...Read more


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What is the significance of purplish spots with pneumocystis carinii pneumonia?

What is the significance of purplish spots with pneumocystis carinii pneumonia?

Hard to say: Pneumocystis per se is not associated with purplish "spots", but since it is seen in the context of other diseases that damage the immune system it can be seen with other medical problems with purple spots. For ex one of the predisposing for pneumocystis is steroid medicine. Steroids can also cause easy bruising. In the setting of HIV a disease called kaposi's sarcoma this has purple spots, etc. ...Read more

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How can a person go a long without treatment, then all of a sudden get pneumocystis carinii pneumonia thrush and be in critical condition?

How can a person go a long without treatment, then all of a sudden get pneumocystis carinii pneumonia thrush and be in critical condition?

Thrush: If a person has a problem develop with their immune system then they can suddenly develop pneumocystis pneumonia, thrush and become critically ill. ...Read more

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What leads to pneumocystis infections?

What leads to pneumocystis infections?

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. ...Read more

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How do you treat pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia?

How do you treat pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia?

Antibiotics: Pneumocystis jireovecii pnuemonia (formerly pcp) can be treated with IV Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) (tmp-smz) in most cases. In complicated situations (such as HIV infected patients) other agents that can be used include nebulized pentamidine, dapsone, Clindamycin + primaquine, atovaquone, trimetrexate. Treatment plan has to be determined based on each patient's specific circumstances. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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How hard is it to diagnose pneumocystis pneumonia in us?

How hard is it to diagnose pneumocystis pneumonia in us?

Not hard: Pneumocystis can be readily diagnosed via a number of lab techniques on a sputum specimen. This is includes a test called direct fluorescence antibody test when the sputum is exposed to an antibody (protein) that can stick to the pcp fungus, or by observing the fungus under the microscope via other special stains. All this requires and adequate specimen often obtained with bronchoscopy, . ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: pneumocystis pneumonia?

What is the definition or description of: pneumocystis pneumonia?

Infection of lung: An organism called pneumocystis carini (now jirovechi) can cause infection of the lung, esp in the immunocompromised hosts and can cause profound hypoxemia, but is easily treated with good old septran. ...Read more

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What are the tests for pneumocystis infection?

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. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of pneumocystis infection?

What are the symptoms of pneumocystis infection?

Pulmonary symptoms: Cough (usually dry), shortness of breath, and fever. The onset is typically more gradual than with bacterial pneumonia, getting progressively worse over days or weeks. Chest pain is less common than with bacterial pneumonia. ...Read more

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What are the tests for pneumocystis infections?

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. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for pneumocystis pneumonia?

What is the treatment for pneumocystis pneumonia?

Support and meds: Pcp pneumonia is treated like other pneumonia, specifically support including oxygen or mechanical ventilation if needed. Antibiotics specifically targeting pcp for example bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). In pcp pneumonia that is associated with HIV disease, steroids for their antiinflammatory effect are also helpful. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Pneumocystis infection?

Infection: By the quasi-fungal microbe pneumocystis jiroveci (carinii), generally an opportunistic infection, usually pneumonia, afflicting immunocompromised individuals. ...Read more

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What medical conditions other than aids predisposes an individual to pneumocystis pneumonia?

Several: In general this infection is associated with damage to the part of the immune system controlled by a kind of white blood cell, called a t lymphocyte. This can be seen with prolonged use of high dose steroids medicines, or in blood cancers like leukemia. Lymphoma, and after organ transplants because of the needed suppression of the immune system to prevent organ rejection. ...Read more

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Will pneumocystis infection kill me?

Will pneumocystis infection kill me?

It can: Unfortunately, by the time you get pneumocystis your immune system is severely compromised. It is a treatable condition, but not always survivable. Therapy should continue until your immune system is fully reconstituted. ...Read more

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With pneumocystis infections what else should I be concerned about?

Immune deficiency: Pneumocystis infection generally occurs in people with immune deficiency. At a minimum you should be tested for HIV infection. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get pneumocystis infections?

Normally uncommon: This is generally a disease which affects immunocompromised individuals. Patients with hiv-aids, those with certain malignancies, or other conditions in which normal host-defenses have been diminished are most affected. Seldom seen in "normal" individuals. ...Read more

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Why would someone with pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia have purple spots on body?

HIV: Persons with pneumocystis infection are usually immunosuppressed, and the most common cause is hiv/aids. These patients may also have a type of cancer of the skin caused by herpesvirus 8 called kaposi's sarcoma, and this produces purple skin lesions. ...Read more

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Are there long-term effects of pneumocystis infections?

Yes: Pneumocystis infection commonly occurs in patients with immune deficiency and that has long term consequences. ...Read more

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Can fatigue be caused by pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia?

Can fatigue be caused by pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia?

Yes: I strongly recommend that if you or a family member have this that you follow-up with your doctor. This is an infection often associated with other more significant diseases for which testing may be necessary. You likely also need treatment for the infection itself. Fatigue can be related to the infection, but may be more related to associated diseases. Talk to your doctor! ...Read more

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Should I see a specialist for pneumocystis infection, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Depends who it is...: Depending on the reasons for getting pneumocystis and if your regular doctor is qualified (eg. Certified by the aahivm or belongs to hivma), he/she can also take care of it. In certain parts of the country, there are enough id specialists that can take care of patients with pneumocystis since many also require help in managing co-morbid conditions such as HIV or rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

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Can radiation therapy for lung cancer also treat a pneumocystis infection?

Can radiation therapy for lung cancer also treat a pneumocystis infection?

No: Pneumocystis is an infectious organism. It can only be treated with specific antibiotics. On the other hand, radiation can weaken the immune system and cause pneumocystis pneumonia. ...Read more

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What’s the drug of choice among returning veterans?

What’s the drug of choice among returning veterans?

Alcohol: Unfortunately the old stand-by, alcohol, is still #1 with veterans. Many have exposure to pain medications like ocycontin and some have a problem with marijuana. But alcohol is the biggie. ...Read more

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Are the drugs from India as safe as the drugs from the U.S?

Drugs frm India safe: F from US asks: Are the drugs from India as safe as the drugs from the U.S? ANS: Some are some are not and some dangerous. I do not recommend them unless all else has failed. You don't want to be playing "You bet your Life" with them. ...Read more

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Where is teveten (eprosartan) available; is it a u.S. Drug?

Where is teveten (eprosartan) available; is it a u.S. Drug?

For high BP: Eprosartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Eprosartan is in a class of medications called angiotensin ii receptor antagonists. It works by blocking the action of certain natural substances that tighten the blood vessels, allowing the blood to flow more smoothly. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me if the drug pacerone (amiodarone) is available in the u.S.?

Can anyone tell me if the drug pacerone (amiodarone) is available in the u.S.?

PACERONE (amiodarone): Yes it is available under generic name of amiodarone by doctors order by prescription only. It is also available as pacerone, brand name. ...Read more

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Please suggest the best OTC medicine (s) for sinus symptoms management (esp. The headache) and can be used regularly.

Please suggest the best OTC medicine (s) for sinus symptoms management (esp. The headache) and can be used regularly.

OTC meds for Sunuses: Pseduephedrine (Sudafed) is the main decongestant sold OTC, but due to its potential for abuse, it is now stored behind the shelf and u need to ask for it. It can cause increased heart rate and insomnia.
u can use nasal sprays to decongest while avoiding the insomnia caused by oral decongestants. Anti allergy meds
can be used if they are adding to the congestion otherwise u can skip these ...Read more

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Took statin drugs 9 years side effects made me stop the drug will the 9 years I was on statins be a credit when I get into my 70s and 80's?

Took statin drugs 9 years side effects made me stop the drug will the 9 years I was on statins be a credit when I get into my 70s and 80's?

Cholesterol karma: Lets start by saying statins simply control a risk factor (hypercholesterolemia). There is no evidence that they extend your life. The more important question would be, what are your current risk factors? Are you eating right? Exercising? What's your bmi. What's your blood pressure? What's your cholesterol now? Talk to your doc. They can assess your risks and set you on the right course if action. ...Read more

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My sister committed suicide from a drug/alcohol overdose. I know it depends on the drug (s) & amount of alcohol. Would this been a painful death?

My sister committed suicide from a drug/alcohol overdose. I know it depends on the drug (s) & amount of alcohol. Would this been a painful death?

Usually not: People who have witnessed such deaths describe them as peaceful. I'm very sorry about your sister and whatever it was that caused her to decide life wasn't worth living. Our minds play tricks on us, and each of us has times when we are not ourselves. I hope you'll cherish the memories that you had together, and live your own life richly and well. ...Read more

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I'm 38 I have plan to make a baby any medicine did I take to easy to pregnant me thank you and my husband he 's 47 yrs old so that's why I ask

I'm 38 I have plan to make a baby any medicine did I take to easy to pregnant me thank you and my husband he 's 47 yrs old so that's why I ask

Pregnancy: You need to know when you ovulate. If you have a 28 day cycle, you will ovulate on day 14 of the cycle. That is your prime time to get pregnant. To see how your ovarian reserve is, you need to have a fsh level drawn in your doctor's office. ...Read more

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