Coloured SEM of Pneumocystis carinii in AIDS lung

Coloured SEM of Pneumocystis carinii in AIDS lung

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Caption: Coloured scanning electron micrograph of a cluster of Pneumocystis carinii (green) a single- celled parasitic protozoan that causes pneumonia in AIDS patients. This view shows an infected alveolus of the lung in a monkey with simian AIDS. The disease is relatively rare in people with a healthy immune reaction. In people suffering from AIDS, however, in which the immune system is impaired, P. carinii is a major opportunistic infection. Severe episodes of this pneumonia may recur with micro-abscesses forming in the lungs. Antibiotic drugs may help, but pneumocystis pneumonia is a major cause of death in people with AIDS. Magnification: x720 at 6x4.5cm size.

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Keywords: acquired immune deficiency, aids, condition, disease, disorder, healthcare, in aids, lung, medical, medicine, pcp, pcp pneumonia, pneumocystis, pneumocystis carinii, pneumonia, protozoan, sem, syndrome

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