Henry Masur, MD; Vee J. Gill, PhD; Frederick P. Ognibene, MD; James Shelhamer, MD; Cynthia Godwin, BS; Joseph A. Kovacs, MD
Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia has gained notoriety in recent years for its role as the most commonly recognized cause of death in patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). The management of pneumocystis pneumonia in patients with AIDS has been greatly enhanced in the past 3 years by the recognition that the diagnosis can be established rapidly and noninvasively by examining induced sputum samples: sensitivity of sputum examination in this patient population has increased from 55% to 92% in reported data (1-3). The specificity appears to be 100% at experienced laboratories (1-3).
The literature before 1986 had suggested that examination of
Masur H, Gill VJ, Ognibene FP, Shelhamer J, Godwin C, Kovacs JA. Diagnosis of Pneumocystis Pneumonia by Induced Sputum Technique in Patients without the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. Ann Intern Med. ;109:755–756. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-109-9-755
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(9):755-756.
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