<i>Pneumocystis jirovecii</i>

Robert F. Miller and Laurence Huang

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI:

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Pneumocystis jirovecii

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The ascomycete fungus Pneumocystis jirovecii (previously called Pneumocystis carinii) is the cause of pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) in humans, which occurs largely among people with impaired CD4+ T-lymphocyte function or numbers, e.g those infected with HIV, or organ transplant recipients taking therapeutic immunosuppressive agents. The organism is restricted to humans, and disease is now thought to arise from ...

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Subjects: Medical Microbiology and Virology ; Infectious Diseases

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