Thursday, October 30, 2008

Eliza Jane Scovill’s Cardiac Arrest & Death

"Analysis of Causes That Led to Eliza Jane Scovill’s Cardiac Arrest and Death"

Prepared by
Mohammed Ali Al-Bayati, PhD, DABT, DABVT
Toxicologist & Pathologist

2) The presence of Pneumocystis carinii (PC) alone in the alveoli does not justify the
diagnosis of pneumonia, AIDS or HIV infection. PC was isolated from the lungs of HIVnegative
immunocompetent individuals and individuals suffering from immune
deficiency resulting from malnutrition and/or treatment with corticosteriods as shown by
the following clinical studies.
a) Contini et al. evaluated the presence of Pneumocystis carinii (PC) in the
respiratory tract in 36 specimens obtained from 28 HIV-negative
immunocompetent children who suffered from chronic lung disorders (CLD).
They used a nested polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay. In addition, Gomori
methenamine silver stain (GMS) and indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA)
were performed in parallel. Of the 36 specimens, 12 were PC PCR-positive
compared to 10 positive by GMS-IFA. These results suggest an association
between PC and exacerbations of CLD in childhood, in the absence of HIV
infection or other immunodeficiency syndromes

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