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Pneumocystis carinii in pleural fluid. The cytologic appearance.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1950331     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We describe the cytologic appearance of Pneumocystis carinii in pleural fluid of a patient with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and a rapidly accumulating pleural effusion. The diagnosis of P carinii infection was made by examination of air-dried, Diff-Quik-stained Cytospin preparations of the pleural fluid. The diagnostic appearances of P carinii organisms stained by this method and by the Papanicolaou stain are reviewed. The unusual predominance of the trophozoite forms of the organism in this case made Diff-Quik an ideal special stain for identifying the organisms. Furthermore, this case illustrates a novel presentation of P carinii infection and suggests that P carinii should be considered an etiologic agent in the differential diagnosis of pleural effusion in an immunocompromised host.
L J Elwood; D Dobrzanski; I M Feuerstein; D Solomon
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta cytologica     Volume:  35     ISSN:  0001-5547     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Cytol.     Publication Date:    1991 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-12-23     Completed Date:  1991-12-23     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370307     Medline TA:  Acta Cytol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  761-4     Citation Subset:  IM; X    
Cytopathology Section, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland 20892.
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MeSH Terms
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / complications
Pleural Effusion / etiology,  microbiology*
Pneumocystis Infections / diagnosis*,  etiology

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