Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Pneumocystis jirovecii Pneumonia

Today in morning report we discussed the diagnosis and management of PJP.

Check out this previous blog post on the subject.

Note that workup of a patient with suspected PJP includes an artieral blood gas on room air to determine if criteria are met for treatment with steroids. These are:
- PaO2 less than 70 mmHg
- Aa gradient greater than 35 mmHg

If oxygen saturation is low by pulse oximetry, this would also qualify the patient for steroids.

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