This report describes three cases of Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. In all cases, the patients received methotrexate and steroids as anti-rheumatoid drugs. Radiographic findings showed diffuse ground-glass opacities within the lungs. All three patients received trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole therapy for the PCP. Two patients recovered and were discharged, and the third patient died. PCP in RA patients is difficult to diagnose at an early stage. After evaluating the risk of PCP, it is clear that initial therapy for PCP is necessary with the administration of anti-rheumatoid drugs.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Japanese Journal of Chest Diseases|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2014|
- Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia
- Rheumatoid arthritis
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine