What follow-up care is necessary for Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia (PJP)?

Updated: Apr 24, 2019
  • Author: Shelley A Gilroy, MD, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Arranging close medical follow-up with a primary care provider upon hospital discharge is essential to monitor resolution of disease and to initiate prophylactic medication (see Prevention of PJP).

Oral therapy with TMP-SMX has been shown to be very effective in the outpatient setting. However, oral therapy should be considered only in patients with mild-to-moderate P jiroveci pneumonia (PJP) who have reliable outpatient follow-up care.


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