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Pneumocystis Smear

Test ID: 


CPT code:



•Pneumocystis carinii Stain
•PCP (Pneumocystis carinii Pneumonia)

Clinical Use:

Determine the presence of Pneumocystis carinii

Specimen Type:

Induced sputum, bronchial alveolar lavage (BAL), lung tissue, bronchial brush, tracheal aspirates, transtracheal aspirates, body fluids.

Requested Volume: 

5 to 10 mL induced sputum, 10 to 25 mL BAL, 0.5 to 1 cc tissue or biopsy fluid

Container Type: 

Sterile leakproof specimen container.


Sputum specimens are not recommended.

Storage Instructions:

Refrigerate at 2°C to 8°C.

Rejection Criteria:

Swab specimen; specimen received in grossly leaking transport container; specimen submitted in fixative or additive; inappropriate specimen transport conditions; specimen received after prolonged delay in transport (usually more than 72 hours); specimen stored or transported at room temperature; unlabeled specimen or name discrepancy between specimen and request label.

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