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

R. D. Spitzer, J. C. Chan, J. 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 (US)
Pages (from-to)98-100
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of the Medical Sciences
Volume302
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1991

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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