J. COLLAZOS, M.D.; C. BENEITEZ, M.D.; C. PEREZ-BARBA, M.D.; J. MERINO, M.D.
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To the editor: Kovacs and associates (1), in their comparative analysis of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and other immunodeficiencies, report differences in the clinical behaviour of the pneumonia between the two groups of patients: those with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome had a more insidious onset. We believe, however, that the clinical data they offer can be interpreted differently. Their Table 2 shows clinical data from both groups of patients. The main differential features are a lower mean respiratory rate, higher median oxygen tension (with room air) and a longer median duration of symptoms at
COLLAZOS J, BENEITEZ C, PEREZ-BARBA C, MERINO J. Pneumocystis carinii Pneumonia. Ann Intern Med. ;102:137–138. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-102-1-137_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;102(1):137-138.
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