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Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in a hiv-positive patient


A.H.M van Heese ,

Surgery and Tropical Medicine
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G A Risseeuw

Radiology, Ruwaard van Putten Hospital, Spijkenisse, The Netherlands
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Background: A 38-year-old man, without significant medical history, was referred to the hospital with weight loss, fatigue, night sweat, non-productive coughing and aphthae in the mouth. Physical examination displayed a cachectic man with small lymph nodes palpable in the supraclavicular region. Auscultation of heart, lungs and abdomen displayed no abnormalities. Blood examination revealed Hb of 5.4 mmol/l, erythrocyte sedimentation rate of 107 mm/h and leukocyte count of 6.0 x 109/l.
Additional blood examination showed a IgA of 4.2 g/l and revealed that the patient was HIV-1 positive, but seronegative for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, lues and tuberculosis.

Keywords: Pneumonia
How to Cite: van Heese AHM, Risseeuw GA. Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in a hiv-positive patient. JBR-BTR. 2010;93(3):154–5. DOI:
Published on 19 Mar 2010.
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