Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia following corticosteroid therapy for giant cell arteritis

Wis Med J. 1991 Apr;90(4):170-1.


Pneumocystic carinii pneumonia (PCP) is a well-recognized complication of immunodeficiency disorders. PCP has been reported in patients with connective tissue diseases, but most were on cytotoxic drugs. We report a case of PCP occurring in a patient with giant cell arteritis who was receiving high dose prednisone. To our knowledge this complication has not been previously reported.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Giant Cell Arteritis / drug therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pneumonia, Pneumocystis / etiology*
  • Prednisone / administration & dosage
  • Prednisone / adverse effects*
  • Prednisone / therapeutic use


  • Prednisone