Establish the diagnosis of Pneumocystis jiroveci (carinii) infection.
No Pneumocystis jiroveci (carinii) DNA detected.
The presence of Pneumocystis jiroveci (carinii) does not preclude the existence of other microorganisms or another underlying condition as the causative agent of a patient's symptoms. Colonization with Pneumocystis jiroverci (carinii) may occur. Results of this test should be interpreted along with other clinical and laboratory data.
- Bronchial washing, Pneumocystis
- Bronchoalveolar lavage, Pneumocystis
- PCP Examination
- Pneumocystis DNA by PCR
- Sputum, Pneumocystis
- PNEUMOCYSTIS CARINII DNA (PCR)
Collect lower respiratory specimen in a non-polystyrene sterile tube or container. Acceptable specimens include bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), sputum (induced sputum is preferred), and tracheal aspirate. Refrigerate immediately after specimen collection. May be refrigerated up to 24 hrs. If an unacceptable specimen is received, the client will be notified and another specimen will be requested.
If a sputum and BAL are received, only the BAL will be processed.