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PNEUMOCYSTIS JIROVECII (FORMERLY P. CARINII) MICROSCOPY

Synonym(s): PCP Microscopy

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Lab Section CategoryBacteriology/Mycology/Parasitology - Parasites & Other Investigations
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Specimen RequiredBronchoalveolar lavage. Induced sputum is acceptable, provided it is correctly done by well-trained staff using 3%
hypertonic saline; it is nevertheless less sensitive than BAL.
MethodSilver Stain; Immunofluorescence using Monoclonal Antibodies
Test ResultPneumocystis jirovecii seen;
No Pneumocystis jirovecii seen
Turnaround Time4 – 24 hours
Day(s) Test Set upMonday - Saturday
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Last Modified Date :04 Aug 2011