It is still PCP that can stand for Pneumocystis pneumonia: Appeal for generalized use of only one acronym

Gilles Nevez, Anne Totet, Olga Matos, Enrique J. Calderon, Robert F. Miller, Solène Le Gal

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Abstract

Twenty-years ago, considering the host specificity of Pneumocystis species, the human-derived Pneumocystis, Pneumocystis carinii formae specialis hominis, was renamed Pneumocystis jirovecii. Pneumocystis carinii formae specialis carinii was finally renamed Pneumocystis carinii and kept for the species derived from Rattus norvegicus. P. jirovecii is now widely used by most authors. The PCP acronym that initially referred to "Pneumocystis cariniipneumonia"was contemporaneously redefined to stand for Pneumocystispneumonia in order to avoid changing the acronym of the name of the disease that clinicians have used for several decades. Using analysis of multidata bases on PubMed, we have noted a recent acceleration in the use of PJP for Pneumocystis jiroveciipneumonia, which may be grammatically correct but not in accordance with retaining PCP, which was proposed in the early 2000s. Through this reminder, in order to standardize the literature on P. jirovecii, we plead for the use of only one acronym, PCP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)842-844
Number of pages3
JournalMedical Mycology
Volume59
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2021

Keywords

  • PCP
  • Pneumocystis jirovecii
  • Pneumocystis pneumonia

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