Clinical characteristics and risk factors associated with Pneumocystis jirovecii infection in patients with solid tumors: study of thirteen-year medical records of a large cancer center.

BMC Cancer
Koichi TakedaDaisuke Ohkushi


Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP)-related risk factors among patients with solid tumors are not completely defined. Thus, we aimed to characterize PCP cases with underlying solid tumors, to highlight the factors contributing to its development besides the prolonged use of moderate-to-high dose corticosteroids. We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of patients with solid tumors diagnosed with PCP between 2006 and 2018 at a cancer center in Tokyo, Japan. Demographic and clinical data were collected, which included malignancy types, total lymphocyte count, coexisting pulmonary disease, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, corticosteroid use, and PCP-attributable mortality. Twenty cases of PCP with solid tumors were documented in 151,718 patients and 788,914 patient-years. Lung cancer (n = 6, 30%) was the most common underlying tumor, followed by breast cancer (n = 3, 15%). Only six (30%) patients were taking a dosage of ≥20 mg prednisone equivalents daily for ≥4 weeks from the onset of PCP. Among the remaining 14 patients, seven (50%) had coexisting pulmonary diseases, 10 (71%) had received chemotherapy within 90 days prior to PCP diagnosis, seven (50%) had undergone chest radiation therapy before PCP diagnosis, seven (...Continue Reading


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