MARK J. ROSEN, M.D.; TONY W. Y. TOW, M.D.; MING T. CHUANG, M.D.; ALVIN S. TEIRSTEIN, M.D.
To the editor: The article by Kovacs and associates (1) examined several factors that predict a favorable prognosis in patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. One additional indicator of a favorable prognosis in these patients is a normal chest roentgenogram at the time of diagnosis. Over a 24-month period, we encountered 29 patients with both the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and P. carinii pneumonia at our institution. Eight of these patients had a normal chest roentgenogram as reported by hospital radiologists and confirmed by subsequent review. All eight patients were successfully treated and discharged from the hospital.
ROSEN MJ, TOW TWY, CHUANG MT, TEIRSTEIN AS. Prognosis of Pneumocystis carinii Pneumonia in the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. Ann Intern Med. ;101:276. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-101-2-276_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1984;101(2):276.
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