Children with Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia and acute hypoxaemic respiratory failure admitted to a PICU, Durban, South Africa
- Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
- Dr Prakash M Jeena, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Congella, Durban 4013, South Africa;
Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia (PcP) is placing increasing demands on the limited paediatric intensive care resources in developing countries.1 Despite mechanical ventilation, the short term outcomes of these cases remain poor.2 3 To help rationally allocate scarce resources, we retrospectively evaluated the short and medium term survival of children with PcP admitted to a paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) over the 3-year period 2000–2002 with a view to identifying prognostic factors for a poor outcome.
Cases of PcP …