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#7745: Pneumocystis jiroveci (carinii) Antigen Detection (Direct Antigen Detection)

COMPONENTS
Name Method Reference Range Units
Specimen Source
Pneumocystis jiroveci (carinii), DFA DFA Not detected

SPECIMEN REQUIREMENTS
No Type Volume Temperature Container Type Instructions
1 Bronchial Lavage/Wash 3 (2) mL Refrigerated - 7 Day(s) Sterile  
2 Bronchial Wash/Brush 3 (2) mL Refrigerated - 7 Day(s) Sterile  
3 Slides (Unstained) 2 (2) mL Frozen - 30 Day(s)/Room Temperature - 7 Day(s)/Refrigerated - 7 Day(s) Slides  
4 Sputum (Induced) 3 (2) mL Refrigerated - 7 Day(s) Sterile  

GENERAL INFORMATION
Setup Schedule Sunday-Saturday
Turn-Around Time Same day
CPT Code 87281
Notes Specimen Requirements 3 mL (2 mL) bronchial lavage/wash or sputum Alternatives: Bronchial brushing or Two acetone fixed slides from bronchial brushing /wash
Performing Lab Specialty Laboratories
Test Performed Stat No
Clinical Utilities This assay is a direct, fluorescent antibody to detect Pneumocystis jiroveci (carinii). Rapid clinical diagnosis of Pneumocystis from respiratory specimens is of the utmost importance in immunocompromised patients.

Collection Instructions
  1. Source of specimen is required, please include on requisition.
2. Respiratory specimens such as sputum, bronchial wash,
bronchoalveolar lavage, or pleural fluid collected in sterile
container are acceptable. Ship specimens on cold packs.
3. Unacceptable specimens: specimen in fixatives, slides fixed with
ethanol or formalin.

Transport Temperature:
Refrigerated