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Human Immunodeficiency Virus

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) often leads to severe suppression of the immune system.  Patients are at increased risk for frequent infections which can often present in the lung as pneumonia.  One type of pneumonia is pneumocystis infection (PCP).  Some additional lung diseases that can develop are:

  • Bacterial pneumonias
  • Fungal Pneumonias
  • Tuberculosis
  • Kaposi’s Sarcoma
  • Sarcoidosis like reactions
  • Emphysema
  • Lymphocytic interstitial pneumonitis
  • Lymphoma
  • Drug Reactions

Often to distinguish between these conditions, a bronchoscopy is necessary.  This is a procedure where a thin tube is passed into the windpipe to sample the fluid in the lung.

Please call our office at (614) 293-4925 to schedule an appointment in our immunosuppression clinic for further evaluation of these conditions.

Dr. Philip Diaz has an active research study looking at lung disease that develops as a result of HIV infection.  Patients with HIV are at increased risk of developing early emphysema, as Dr. Diaz described in 2000 in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.