JAMES R. JETT, M.D.; JOEL N. KURITSKY, M.D.; JERRY A. KATZMANN, Ph.D.; HENRY A. HOMBURGER, M.D.
A 53-year-old white man had fever, malaise, and dyspnea on exertion. His chest roentgenogram was normal, but pulmonary function tests showed impaired diffusion capacity and a gallium scan showed marked uptake in the lungs. Results of an open-lung biopsy documented Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. Immunologic test results were consistent with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. The patient denied having homosexual contact or using intravenous drugs. Twenty-nine months before the diagnosis of Pneumocystis pneumonia was made, the patient had had 16 transfusions of whole blood, platelets, and fresh-frozen plasma during coronary artery bypass surgery at another medical center. This patient is not a member of any currently recognized high-risk group and is believed to have contracted the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome from blood and blood-product transfusions.
JETT JR, KURITSKY JN, KATZMANN JA, HOMBURGER HA. Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome Associated with Blood-Product Transfusions. Ann Intern Med. ;99:621–624. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-99-5-621
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;99(5):621-624.
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