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Pneumocystis Jiroveci Pneumonia

Uzayr

New Member
Hello,

How common are is a pleural effusion in PJP? Have researched this and have not been able to find any sources that say it does happen or it does not happen.

Is a temperature of 40 degrees C seen in this condition/ possible? Have seen several cases of PJP but none with a temperature that extreme?

Thanks
 

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govpop

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Pleural effusions are not common but not unheard of.

A temperature of 40 degrees is possible with any infection.

These are oddly specific questions. Why do you ask?
 

Uzayr

New Member
It was a question in a clinical medicine paper., the question was basically asking which feature (5 options) would support a diagnoses of PJP. So a group of us were debating between the fever and the pleural effusions, after eliminating the other 3 answers that were unlikely.
 

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Uzayr

New Member
1. Use of cotrimoxazole prophylaxis
2. Normal chest expansion
3. Wheeziness on auscultation

Patient was HIV+
 

whoartthou

New Member
I think a fever is more likely than a pleural effusion although it is not impossible. Given pleural effusions can be a result of inflammation they are more commonly seen in conditions such as cardiac failure and cancer.
 

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