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Bible DictionaryAids Glossary
abbreviation,  pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. a fungal inflamation of the lungs. PCP was once the leading cause of death of people with HIV Disease. Today it is still dangerous but is often treatable and preventable.
 
a life-threatening type of pneumonia believed to be caused by a protozoan. PCP is a common infection that can cause severe illness in immunocompromised people (especially those with CD4 counts less than 200 cells/mm3); it remains a leading cause of death in people with AIDS. Symptoms include dry cough, fever, chest tightness and shortness of breath. Pneumocystis carinii can also infect other parts of the body. First-line treatment and primary prophylaxis is TMP-SMX (Bactrim, Septra); other treatments and prophylaxes include dapsone, pentamidine and atovaquone.
Bible DictionaryGlossary of HIV(AIDS)-Related Terms
An infection of the lungs caused by Pneumocystis carinii, which is thought to be a protozoa but may be more closely related to a fungus. P. carinii grows rapidly in the lungs of persons with AIDS and is a frequent AIDS- related cause of death. P. carinii infection sometimes may occur elsewhere in the body (skin, eye, spleen, liver, or heart). The standard treatment for persons with PCP is either a combination of trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole (TMP/SMX, also called Bactrim or Septra), dapsone, or pentamidine.
Bible DictionaryGlossary of HIV(AIDS) Terms
A lung infection that causes the greatest number of deaths in people who are HIV positive. It is both treatable and preventable.
Bible DictionaryHepatitis Central (TM) Liver Disease Medical Glossary
Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia--A type of pneumonia seen primarily in patients whose immune systems are suppressed
Bible DictionaryDictionary of Medicine
Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. A parasitic infection of the lungs that is particularly common and life-threatening in immunosuppressed persons. Prophylaxis is available to prevent PCP.

 

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