Case report

Hypothyroidism due to pneumocystis carinii thyroiditis in a patient with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome

R. D. Spitzer, J. C. Chan, Jennifer B Marks, B. R. Valme, J. M. McKenzie

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Abstract

Pneumocystis carinii is the most common cause of opportunistic pulmonary infection in AIDS patients and disseminated disease is being recognized with increasing frequency. We describe a patient with cavitary pulmonary disease, lymphadenopathy, thyroiditis, and associated hypothyroidism, all a result of P. carinii. The organism was easily demonstrated in a fine-needle aspirate specimen of the thyroid. This is the second reported case of clinically apparent Pneumocystis thyroiditis and the first reported case of hypothyroidism due to an opportunistic infection in a patient with AIDS. Clinicians should be aware of this entity and request a Grocott-Gomori methenamine-silver nitrate stain of appropriate cytology specimens to make the diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-100
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of the Medical Sciences
Volume302
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 1991

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Keywords

  • Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
  • Disseminated
  • Hypothyroidism
  • P. carinii pneumonia
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Thyroiditis

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  • Medicine(all)

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Case report : Hypothyroidism due to pneumocystis carinii thyroiditis in a patient with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. / Spitzer, R. D.; Chan, J. C.; Marks, Jennifer B; Valme, B. R.; McKenzie, J. M.

In: American Journal of the Medical Sciences, Vol. 302, No. 2, 01.12.1991, p. 98-100.

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Spitzer, R. D. ; Chan, J. C. ; Marks, Jennifer B ; Valme, B. R. ; McKenzie, J. M. / Case report : Hypothyroidism due to pneumocystis carinii thyroiditis in a patient with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. In: American Journal of the Medical Sciences. 1991 ; Vol. 302, No. 2. pp. 98-100.
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