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Pneumocystis jirovecii(PCP - Pneumocystis carinii)- Bronchial Alveolar Lavage (BAL)

Source Bronchial Alveolar Lavage (BAL)
Mnemonic M PCP
Specimen Requirements

Submit BAL in sterile container

or sterile specimen trap without preservative, diluent or fixative.

Specimen Handling Specimen MUST be received in Microbiology laboratory within 2 hours of receipt in the RRL. Store specimen at room temperature. DO NOT refrigerate.
Additional Information

Sputum, endotracheal aspirates and bronchial brushes are NOT acceptable specimens. Performance of PJP testing on all non-BAL specimens (e.g. Sputum) requires Microbiologist on Call approval (403-770-3600).

Testing of BAL for Pneumocystis jirovecii is by real time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). The PCR method is greater than 95% sensitive and 99% specific.

Specimens will be processed the same day if they are received in the Microbiology department by 12:00 (noon) daily. Specimens that arrive after 12:00 (noon) will be run the following day.

 

Testing Location CLS Microbiology
Testing Frequency Daily
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