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Z Rheumatol. 2006 Feb;65(1):18-20, 22-3.

[Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia (PcP) in patients with rheumatic diseases: case report and review].

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  • 1Klinik für Infektionskrankheiten und Spitalhygiene, Departement für Innere Medizin, Universitätsspital Zürich.


A 74-year-old female patient with rheumatoid arthritis was diagnosed with Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia (PcP) following therapy with methotrexate and prednisone. Although bactrim treatment was initiated and PcP was not detected by a control bronchoalveolar lavage, the patient died. The precise cause of death remains unknown. As this case illustrates, PcP must be considered as a differential diagnosis in immunocompromised patients with rheumatic disease. The typical course, diagnosis, prophylaxis and treatment of PcP in this patient group are discussed.

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