Pneumocystis jirovecii is a pathogen that can cause life-threatening Pneumocystis pneumonia (also known by the moniker PCP). This illness is especially dangerous for immunocompromised patients. Key symptoms of PCP infection include fever, coughing, shortness of breath, and fatigue.
Deborah Blue, MD, MT(ASCP) specializes in molecular diagnostics, medical microbiology, laboratory testing, and clinical pathology. She has authored more than 50 publications as she regularly contributes to ongoing research.
In this lecture, Dr. Blue presents the background of Pneumocystis jirovecii, the patients who are most at risk to become infected, symptoms, and preventative strategies. Dr. Blue also covers laboratory diagnosis of Pneumocystis jirovecii, which includes diagnosis through the PCR assay developed by MiraVista Diagnostics.
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Histoplasmosis (November 3, 2021): Lecture by Joseph Wheat, MD
In this Pediatric Ground Rounds presentation for the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Dr. Joseph Wheat was a guest lecturer. The University faculty presented two cases of children with histoplasmosis, and Dr. Wheat discussed the history of diagnostic testing for histoplasmosis, the manifestations of infection, diagnostic testing options, treatment recommendations, the need for therapeutic drug monitoring, and the impact of climate change on areas of endemicity.