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Test Directory -   Pneumocystis jirovecii (carinii) detection

Test Includes

Detection of Pneumocystis jirovecii (carinii).

Request Form 

Microbiology form (Green)


On request during normal working hours

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 


Broncho-alveolar lavage/washings ONLY.
Sputum is NOT an acceptable sample


Minimum 5 ml


Plain (white top) universal container


Samples should be transported to laboratory immediately.

Lab. Handling

Store at 4ºC; send to the Reference Laboratory as soon as possible

Causes for Rejection

Incorrectly and/or Insufficiently labelled sample                                     Incorrect specimen type – see “Specimen” above.
Insufficient clinical information given

Version 1.0 / November 2013

Last edited 16/04/14