Pneumocystis pneumonia (PcP): Patient Information

Publication Date: 19 September 2016

Pneumocystis pneumonia is caused by a fungus called Pneumocystis jirovecii. This fungus is commonly found in the environment and rarely ​causes any illness to healthy people. It was previously known as Pneumocystis carinii.

This leaflet gives patients information on:

  • ​how they are diagnosed
  • what happens if they are diagnosed
  • what happens when they leave hospital​​​

Resource information

Health Protection Scotland
Publication type:
Educational materials