Patients with AIDS are predisposed to pulmonary embolism (PE). The clinical situation can be confusing when a patient has both PE and an opportunistic pulmonary infection such as Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PJP), due to their similarities in presentation. This case emphasizes the need for clinicians to have a high index of suspicion and consider PE in the differential diagnoses of dyspnea and hypoxemia, particularly when PJP infection or other AIDS-defining illnesses are suspected.
Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice – Wolters Kluwer Health
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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