Pneumocystis jiroveci (P.carinii) Pneumonia (PCP) (Educate (There is no…
Diminished breath sounds may be present on auscultation
The patient may present with symptoms of anxiety, shortness of breath, dyspnea on exertion, malaise, tachypnea, chills, chest pain, fever, dry/nonproductive cough; cyanosis.
Decreased chest expansion on palpation
To diagnose a patient, advocate for PCR which may be used to detect Pneumocystis DNA in samples.
A blood test on Beta-Dglucan detection will finally aid in PCP diagnosis.
To diagnose a patient, advocate for a mucus/sputum culture or lung biopsy.
There is no vaccine
May be prevented by a prescription of TMP/SMX (trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole); also known as Bactrim, Septra, and Contrim.
Spreads from person to person through the air.
Immunocompromised patients are at highest risk for Pneumocystis
pentamidine (NubuPent, Pentam)
Trimethoprim (TMP)/sulfamethoxazole (SMX)
Do you have a health history of pneumonia?
Have you been feeling short of breath?
When do you experience shortness of breath?
Does anything seem to make you're breathing easier?
Have you been experiencing any chest pain?