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Pneumocystis pneumonia

Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) is a serious illness caused by the fungus Pneumocystis jirovecii. PCP is one of the most frequent and severe opportunistic infections in people with weakened immune systems, particularly people with HIV/AIDS. Although people with HIV/AIDS are less likely to get PCP today than in recent years, PCP is still a significant public health problem.

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Histopathology showing Pneumocystis cysts in the lung of a patient with AIDS

Histopathology showing Pneumocystis cysts in the lung of a patient with AIDS

Pneumocystis pneumonia Topics

A green icon of a pencil and note pad.Definition

What is Pneumocystis pneumonia?

A green icon of a stethoscope.Symptoms

Fever, dry cough, shortness of breath…

A green icon with a magnifying glass and foot print.Risk & Prevention

Who gets it and how it can be prevented…

A green icon of a petri dish.Sources of Infection

Inhalation of spores from the environment…

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See your health care provider, sample tissue, clinical diagnosis…

A green icon representing prescription drugs.Treatment & Outcomes

Antifungal treatment, resolution of symptoms…

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Resources and publications…

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Incidence, surveillance…

 
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