Pneumocystis jirovecii by PCR
Ordering Recommendation

Detect P. jirovecii. Preferred test for immunocompromised patients who do not have HIV.

Qualitative Polymerase Chain Reaction
Mon, Wed, Fri
1-5 days
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
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Disease Topics
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Respiratory specimen: Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), bronchial wash, or sputum. 
Specimen Preparation
Transfer 2 mL respiratory specimen to a sterile container. (Min: 0.5 mL). Also acceptable: Transfer to viral transport media (ARUP supply #12884). Available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect™ or contact ARUP Client Services at (800) 522-2787.  Place each specimen in an individually sealed bag. 
Storage/Transport Temperature
Unacceptable Conditions
Specimen source required. Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), bronchial wash or induced sputum are the preferred specimen types. Expectorated sputum is acceptable but not preferred. 
Ambient: 48 hours; Refrigerated: 7 days; Frozen: 1 month. 
Reference Interval
Interpretive Data

Compliance Statement B: For laboratory developed tests not using a RUO kit, and for FDA approved, cleared or 510(k) exempt assays with alterations. This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. The U. S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved or cleared this test; however, FDA clearance or approval is not currently required for clinical use. The results are not intended to be used as the sole means for clinical diagnosis or patient management decisions.

Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
2006255P. jirovecii Source31208-2
2006256P. jirovecii by PCR6521-9
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