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Frequency of trichomonads as coinfecting agents in Pneumocystis pneumonia

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Christophe Noel


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OBJECTIVE: To investigate the incidence of the association of Trichomonas and Pneumocystis in the lung. STUDY DESIGN: Sixty-six bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) samples from immunocompromised patients with pneumocystosis were retrospectively examined microscopically. RESULTS: Trichomonads were found as coinfecting agents in 60% of BALF samples. The frequency and abundance of trichomonads was increased, up to 100%, in cases rich in Pneumocystis. CONCLUSION: The data suggest that pulmonary Trichomonas infection occurs frequently in the course of Pneumocystis pneumonia. The role of trichomonads in causing alveolar damage during Pneumocystis pneumonia is hypothetical.

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Author(s): Duboucher C, Gerbod D, Noel C, Durand-Joly I, Delgado-Viscogliosi P, Leclerc C, Pham S, Capron M, Dei-Cas E, Viscogliosi E

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Acta Cytologica

Year: 2005

Volume: 49

Issue: 3

Pages: 273-277

ISSN (print): 0001-5547

ISSN (electronic): 1938-2650

Publisher: S. Karger AG