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      Category : Health Centers > Respiratory System (Lungs and Breathing)

Pneumocystis Carinii Pneumonia

Alternate Names : PCP

Pneumocystis Carinii Pneumonia | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the infection?

Giving preventive antibiotics, such as trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole, dapsone, or pentamidine, to those with weakened immune systems markedly cuts down the chances of getting the disease.

What are the long-term effects of the infection?

Death is not uncommon when PCP is not treated in people with weakened immune systems, especially young children.

What are the risks to others?

There probably are no risks to others, but no one is sure exactly how PCP is spread.

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Pneumocystis Carinii Pneumonia: Treatment & Monitoring

Author: Danielle Zerr, MD
Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
Date Reviewed: 06/26/01

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