WAFAA EL-SADR, M.D.; GURDIP SIDHU, M.D.
Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia has grown in importance due to the special predilection of patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) to develop this infection. More than 60% of such patients develop P. carinii pneumonia and about 20% have a recurrence (1). We report a case of a patient with AIDS and P. carinii pneumonia in whom a repeat biopsy after clinical response to therapy with trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole failed to show P. carinii cysts while electron microscopy showed many trophozoites of P. carinii.
A 37-year-old intravenous drug abuser was hospitalized with a 2-month history of fever and cough. The patient had a
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EL-SADR W, SIDHU G. Persistence of Trophozoites After Successful Treatment of Pneumocystis carinii Pneumonia. Ann Intern Med. 1986;105:889-890. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-105-6-889
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(6):889-890.
Infectious Disease, Pneumonia, Pulmonary/Critical Care.
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