What are the physical findings suggestive of Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia (PJP)?

Updated: Apr 24, 2019
  • Author: Shelley A Gilroy, MD, FACP, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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The physical examination findings of PJP are nonspecific and include the following:

  • Tachypnea

  • Fever

  • Tachycardia

  • Pulmonary symptoms: Pulmonary examination may reveal mild crackles and rhonchi but may yield normal findings in up to half of patients.

Additional findings in children with severe disease include cyanosis, nasal flaring, and intercostal retractions.

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