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Fatal pneumocystis carinii pneumonia as a complication of methotrexate in rheumatoid arthritis


Abstract Low dose methotrexate has been used successfully to treat patients with refractory rheumatoid arthritis.1 Methotrexate-induced pneumonitis occurs in about 1 to 5% of patients, although opportunistic infections have also been reported.1 We report a case of fatal pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) in an otherwise healthy female patient treated with…

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