This test is used in the diagnosis of respiratory infections caused by P jirovecii, particularly in immunocompromised and HIV positive patients. Induced sputum of BAL are the most appropriate samples.
Pneumocystis Jirovecii Pneumonia (previously: Pneumocystis Carinii Pneumonia (PCP), is a fungal infection that most commonly affects the immunocompromised and, in some cases, can be severely life-threatening. Typically, patients at risk are those with any underlying disease states that alter host immunity such as those with cancer, the HIV, transplant recipients, or those taking immunosuppressive therapies and medications.
Sterile white top container for:
- NPA preferred
Micropathology Ltd, Venture Centre, University of Warwick Science Park, Sir William Lyons Road, Coventry, CV4 7EZ
If delays in delivery to the laboratory are expected samples should be refrigerated at 2-8°C.