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Serum (1→3) β-<span class="smallCaps">d</span>-Glucan as a Noninvasive Adjunct Marker for the Diagnosis of <i>Pneumocystis</i> Pneumonia in Patients with AIDS

Tamayo Watanabe, Akira Yasuoka, Junko Tanuma, Hirohisa Yazaki, Haruhito Honda, Kunihisa Tsukada, Miwako Honda, Hiroyuki Gatanaga, Katsuji Teruya, Yoshimi Kikuchi and Shinichi Oka

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 49, issue 7, pages 1128-1131
Published in print October 2009 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online October 2009 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/605579
Serum (1→3) β-d-Glucan as a Noninvasive Adjunct Marker for the Diagnosis of Pneumocystis Pneumonia in Patients with AIDS

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High serum (1→3) β-d-glucan levels are described in patients with Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP). We evaluated the diagnostic value of β-d-glucan in 111 patients with AIDS who had PCP and confirmed its usefulness. However, it does not correlate with disease severity and is not suitable for monitoring response to treatment.

Journal Article.  1935 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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