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Pneumocystis jiroveci: chest X ray with bilateral granular opacities and cysts

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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.

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Laurence Huang, MD, University of California San Francisco

See related article in the HIV InSite Knowledge Base:
Pulmonary Manifestations of HIV