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Pneumocystis jirovecii PCR


Test Usage

Detection of Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PJP, previously PCP)

Causative agent is Pneumocystis jirovecii (Previously Pneumocystis carinii).

Test is for detection of organism DNA in patient samples


Bronchial Washing / Broncho-alveolar Lavage

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To Request On EPIC

For electronic requesting using EPIC (RDUH ONLY):

Search for: ‘PJP (Pneumocystis jirovecii) PCR‘ or test code ‘LAB9216

Special Instructions

The following groups are at risk from PCP:

  • Persons with HIV infection whose CD4 + cells fall below 200/µL and who are not receiving PJP prophylaxis
  • Persons with primary immune deficiencies,
  • Persons receiving long-term immunosuppressive regimens for connective-tissue disorders, vasculitides, or solid-organ transplantation
  • Persons with hematologic and nonhematologic malignancies, including solid tumors and lymphomas
  • Persons with severe malnutrition


RDUH – testing only performed on agreement with Consultant Microbiologist

Turnaround Time

48 hours (usually processed within 24hrs)

Urgent Specimen Instructions

Please contact the laboratory prior to sending this test.


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