Pneumocystis jiroveci by immunoflourescence


Pneumocystis jiroveci can cause severe lower respiratory tract infections in the immunocompromised. This fungus is detected using a direct immunofluorescent assay which can be applied to lower respiratory tract specimens, namely BAL and post mortem lung biopsies. A positive result allows the administration of septrin.

Also known as

PCP, Pneumocystsi carinii

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Additional information

This organism was formerly known as Pneumocystis carinii

Sending address

Microbiology, Virology and Infection Control Level 4, Camelia Botnar Laboratories Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children Great Ormond Street London WC1N 3JH DX number: DX6640203 DX Exchange: Bloomsbury 91WC

Laboratory service

Microbiology, Virology and Infection Control

Sample requirements

BAL, lung biopsy (in sterile container)

Reference range

Not applicable

Turnaround time

24 hours

Disease / group

Fungal infection


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Microbiology, Virology and Infection Control

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