pneumocystis pneumonia

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pneu•mo•cys′tis pneumo′nia

(ˌnu məˈsɪs tɪs, ˌnyu-)

n.
a rare form of pulmonary infection caused by the protozoan Pneumocystis carinii, occurring as an opportunistic disease in persons with impaired immune systems, as persons with AIDS.Abbr.: PCP Also called pneumocys′tis ca•ri′ni•i pneumo′nia (kəˈraɪ niˌaɪ)
[1980–85; pneumocystis < New Latin: genus name; see pneumo-, cyst]
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Noun1.pneumocystis pneumonia - pneumonia occurring in infants or in persons with impaired immune systems (as AIDS victims)
pneumonia - respiratory disease characterized by inflammation of the lung parenchyma (excluding the bronchi) with congestion caused by viruses or bacteria or irritants
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His primary research interest is the epidemiology and diagnosis of Pneumocystis infections.
The combination of antemortem oral swab sampling and real-time PCR amplification and quantification reported here should be useful for the study of the Pneumocystis infections in other experimental models and provides a rationale for similar studies to be conducted in the clinical setting.
Despite the advances made in understanding human Pneumocystis infection, many aspects about its epidemiology and natural history remain unclear.