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Pneumocystis jiroveci (formerly carinii)
Pneumocystis jiroveci: chest X ray with bilateral granular opacities and cysts
Chest radiograph of an HIV-infected patient, CD4 count of <200 cells/µL, revealing bilateral, predominantly central, granular opacities and 3 thin-walled air-containing cysts (pneumatoceles) (arrows). This combination of findings is strongly suggestive of Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia, which was microscopically confirmed by examination of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid.
Laurence Huang, MD, University of California San Francisco
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Pulmonary Manifestations of HIV