Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia presenting as cavitating and noncavitating solitary pulmonary nodules in patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome

J. L. Barrio, M. Suarez, J. L. Rodriguez, M. J. Saldana, A. E. Pitchenik

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Abstract

Among 150 cases of microscopically proved Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia secondary to the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) seen by our pulmonary service from January 1982 to January 1986, P. carinii presented roentgenographically as a solitary pulmonary nodule in 2 patients (1.3%). It was the sole cause of the nodules as determined by clinical and roentgenographic response to specific drug therapy, examination of specimens obtained at fiberoptic bronchoscopy, and examination of lung specimens obtained at autopsy. In one of the patients, the nodule appeared to develop a large central cavity, which was confirmed at autopsy. In patients with AIDS, a solitary pulmonary nodule with or without cavitation may rarely represent P. carinii pneumonia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1094-1096
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Review of Respiratory Disease
Volume134
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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