pneumocystis pneumonia


pneumocystis pneumonia
(PCP) a pulmonary disease caused by Pneumocystis jiroveci, occurring in premature or malnourished infants and immunocompromised persons. It is characterized by dyspnea, tachypnea, fever, cough, and cyanosis, with cellular detritus containing plasma cells appearing in the lungs; if untreated it leads to pulmonary consolidation, hypoxemia, and death. Called also pneumocystosis, pneumocystiasis,interstitial plasma cell p., and, formerly, Pneumocystis carinii p.

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  • pneumocystis carinii pneumonia — noun pneumonia occurring in infants or in persons with impaired immune systems (as AIDS victims) • Syn: ↑pneumocytosis, ↑pneumocystis pneumonia, ↑interstitial plasma cell pneumonia • Hypernyms: ↑pneumonia * * * kəˈrīnēˌē noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • pneumocystis — pneu·mo·cys·tis (no͞o mə sĭsʹtĭs, nyo͞oʹ ) n. A severe lung infection caused by the parasitic protozoan Pneumocystis carinii and affecting primarily individuals with an immunodeficiency disease, such as AIDS. Also called pneumocystis pneumonia.   …   Universalium

  • Pneumocystis jiroveci — a species, formerly included in P. carinii, that is the cause of pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) in humans. Pneumocystis jiroveci in bronchoalveolar lavage specimen (methenamine silver stain) …   Medical dictionary

  • Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia — Pneumocystis ca·ri·nii pneumonia kə rī nē .ē n a pneumonia chiefly affecting immunocompromised individuals that is caused by a microorganism of the genus Pneumocystis (P. carinii) which shows up in specially stained preparations of fresh infected …   Medical dictionary


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