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Predictive factors of pneumocystis pneumonia in patients with rheumatic diseases exposed to prolonged high-dose glucocorticoids
  1. Julia Herrou,
  2. Victoire De Lastours
  1. Department of Medicine, Beaujon University Hospital, Clichy, France
  1. Correspondence to Mrs Julia Herrou, Department of Medicine, Beaujon University Hospital, Clichy 92110, France; juliaherrou92{at}hotmail.fr

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We read with interest the article by Jun Won Park et al, describing in a retrospective study the prophylactic effect of trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX) to prevent Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia (PCP) in patients with rheumatic diseases exposed to prolonged high-dose glucocorticoids.1 High-dose glucocorticoid is indeed a well-known and major risk factor for PCP supporting the investigation carried out here. The conclusions of the work are that TMP-SMX prophylaxis is very effective and safe at preventing PCP.2 …

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