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How hard is it to diagnose Pneumocystis pneumonia ? ?

like with a blood test , lung x-ray whatever doctors do . Would it show up or could a doctor miss it ? Because someone in my family has been really sick and the doctors do not know what it is . He thought it was regular pneumonia but not anymore . Though i looked stuff up and the symptoms of Pneumocystis pneumonia matches up , though the only thing that doesn't is people who contract this diseases are usually HIV positive/or have weak immune systems . Though i don't know much about this or anything i'm just worried.

Thank you

Pneumocystis carinii (jiroveci) pneumonia (PCP) is a type of bacterial infection generally contracted by patients with suppressed immune systems. Patients at risk for PCP include those with HIV/AIDS, blood cancers, recently treated with chemotherapy, transplant patients, on immune modulating drugs, genetic disorders, and more.

Typical symptoms include a dry cough and progressive fatigue and shortness of breath, especially with physical exertion.

Diagnosing PCP is relatively simple. In the right clinical setting, doctors may decide to treat for PCP without requiring a definite diagnosis. Sometimes PCP may be diagnosed by examine the sputum cytology (cells). In the US, it is more often done via bronchoscopy. Bronchoscopy is a minimally invasive technique where a thin, flexible camera is inserted into the nose or mouth, down the trachea, and into the lungs. Cells samples and tissue biopsies may be sent for analysis. This is often an outpatient procedure.

There may be other reasons for your family member's illness. Besides infections, other possibilities may include malignancies, interstitial lung disease, autoimmune disorders, and much more. You should discuss your concerns with your doctor.  (+ info)

what is the significance of purplish spots over a persons neck and arms with Pneumocystis Carinii Pneumonia?

what is the significance of purplish spots over a persons neck and arms with Pneumocystis Carinii Pneumonia

Check out KAPOSI'S SARCOMA ... and its relation to pneumocystis  (+ info)

help with Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia?

today we had a health AIDS awareness day and watched the movie "And the band played on" Later they asked us to explain why it was a profound effect when pneumocystis carinii pneumonia began to affect Haitians and newborn babies... help!

Great movie. Makes you really hate the guy that Alan Alda portrays. Don't know why they asked you about pneumonia in Haitians.  (+ info)

nursing questionrespiratory failure, PCP, (Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia),?

M. B. is a 47 yr old white male admitted 9/26 with acute hypoxia with respiratory failure, PCP, (Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia), and HIV/AIDS.

M. B. is on a ventilator (SIMV setting), has a DHT with pulmacare, a PICC line with Diprivan for sedation, and NS for maintenance fluid.
Hx- he is a former smoker, has a hx of peptic ulcer disease. His CC was SOB, decreased appetite, and chest heaviness. His O2 saturation was 76% on RA on admission, chest x-ray shows bilateral ground glass appearance of both lungs, but no PE. He was put on 100% nonrebreather, but remained tachypnic and in mild respiratory distress (P 108, resp 26-28, BP 104/67)
ABG’s on admission were
pH 7.47
PCO2 26
PaO2 57
On 9/29, M. B.’s condition still had not improved, and he was intubated.
On 10/6 his ABG’s were
pH 7.48
PCO2 33.4
PaO2 70.4
HCO3 25.3
Other lab data:
CBC- WBC- 11.4
RBC- 3.44
Hgb- 12
Hct- 34.8
BMP- Na- 131
K+- 3.9
Chloride- 97
Albumin- 1.8
Ca- 7.5
Mg- 2.0

1. What nursing diagnosis and interventions are our priority, and why?

2. What meds would we anticipate to give (with rationale).

3. What is the significance of his labs?

4. Interpret his ABG's.

I love PCP. Thats all I know.

- George Washington  (+ info)

what is the latest modified name of Pneumocystis carinii Pneumonia (PCP)?

It's called Pneumocystis Jiroveci since 2000, I think. It used to be considered a protozoan, but now is believed to be a fungus. Note that some doctors have retained the use of the PCP acronym for the disease itself.

I have attached a link to a highly relevant scholarly article that provides an excellent discussion of the subject. The full text of the article is available online without charge.  (+ info)

What is the difference between Pneumonia and Walking Pneumonia?

What is the difference between the two?

I bet in a decade there will be Jogging Pneumonia and Sprinting Pneumonia. How about Galloping or Skipping Pneumonia? haha.
Why do they call it 'walking' Pneumonia, anyways?

Pneumonia is acute inflammation of the lungs caused by infection. Initial diagnosis is usually based on chest x-ray. Causes, symptoms, treatment, preventive measures, and prognosis differ depending on whether the infection is bacterial, viral, fungal, or parasitic; whether it is acquired in the community, hospital, or nursing home; and whether it develops in a patient who is immunocompetent or immunocompromised.
An outdated term, "walking pneumonia", has been used to describe a type of community-acquired pneumonia of less severity (hence the fact that the patient can continue to "walk" rather than require hospitalization). Walking pneumonia is usually caused by a virus or by atypical bacteria.  (+ info)

How can you get rid of recurring pneumonia?

Last year my mother had both pneumonia and MRSA pneumonia and is currently on a ventilator. We were told the MRSA would always stay in her body. Now an xray has shown she has pneumonia again, but we can't tell which kind without a culture. Is there anything she can do to help prevent pneumonia from constantly coming back?

I get a pneumonia shot every 7 years.
I'm sure your doctor has informed you
of it. It really does work.

God bless you mother.  (+ info)

What is a type of pneumonia that sounds close to bilobar pneumonia?

My teacher told me to look up the definition of bilobar pneumonia (a term used in the TV show called House), but there is no condition called bilobar pneumonia...
Never mind, i found something called lobar pneumonia, which is pneumonia affecting one or more lobes of the lungs. With that info, would bilobar pneumonia affect two lobes of the lungs.

It just means that two lobes of the lung are consolidated with fluid from infection.

or maybe you mean Bilateral pneumonia which means the infection is in both the left and right lung.

you got it!  (+ info)

What are the chances of a pneumonia reoccurance?

I had pneumonia last February and ever since every cold has been "stronger". The last cold I had was very strong. I had chest pain but not as much as when i had pneumonia. I felt the same way but less intense. What are the chances of getting pneumonia again? Just out of curiosity and for my own knowledge. Thanx in advance.
If, I have asthma, will it increase my chances?
When I had pneumonia, it was really bad. I was hospitalied, given IV antibiotics. Stayed in the hospital for 5 days. I'm 13.

Recurrence of pneumonia is very, very common. Many people have it 3 or 4 times over a course of a couple of years after getting it the first time.
A pneumonia vaccine cannot prevent pneumonia, as this condition can be caused by bacteria, viruses, inhalation of small foreign particles, etc.  (+ info)

What is the difference between pneumonia and bronchitis?

My doctor diagnosed me with bronchitis, but I think it is pneumonia. Isn't a bronchitis cough dry and pneumonia causes a lot of phlegm?When I cough I get a rattling in my chest and my cough sounds like Rice Crispies in milk. I've been sick with a cough over a month. My doctor gave me an antibiotic but I don't feel much better.

Bronchitis is the inflammation of the bronchial tubes and the bronchi that go into the lungs and pneumonia is in the lungs and where they fill with fluid. Your chest will feel heavy and hurt on movement and not just on breathing. Sometimes your chest will hurt on one side and feel"heavy" and you can definitely tell the difference.  (+ info)

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