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Doctor insights on: Pneumocystis Jiroveci Pneumonia Symptoms

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

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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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

An inflammation of the lungs, most ...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 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 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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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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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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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 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

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What are the tests for pneumocystis infection?

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 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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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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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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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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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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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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