Pathology Handbook

Pneumocystis Carinii Detection

Test Includes

Detection of Pneumocystis Carinii.

Request Form

ICE Requesting.

Availability

On request during normal working hours; sent to reference laboratory (GOSH).

Specific Criteria

Please give detailed clinical information, including date of onset/contact with the suspected infection and any current or intended antibiotic therapy.

Turnaround Time

7-10 days.

Specimen

Broncho-alveolar lavage/washings.

Sputum are acceptable sample for detection of Pnuemocystis Carinii if BAL/W is not available.

Volume

Minimum 5ml.

Container

Large White Capped Universal

Large white top universal

Collection

Samples should be transported to the laboratory immediately.

Causes For Rejection

Unlabelled sample or incorrect sample - see "Specimen" above.

Insufficient clinical information given.

Lab Handling

Store at 4C; send to reference laboratory (GOSH) as soon as possible.