Ordering Recommendation

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

Mnemonic
PCP PCR
Methodology

Qualitative Polymerase Chain Reaction

Performed

Mon, Wed, Fri

Reported

1-5 days

New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Collect

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

Frozen.

Unacceptable Conditions
Remarks

Specimen source required. Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), bronchial wash or induced sputum are the preferred specimen types. Expectorated sputum is acceptable but not preferred.

Stability

Ambient: 48 hours; Refrigerated: 7 days; Frozen: 1 month.

Reference Interval
Interpretive Data



Compliance Category

Laboratory Developed Test (LDT)

Note
Hotline History
N/A
CPT Codes

87798

Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
2006255 P. jirovecii Source 31208-2
2006256 P. jirovecii by PCR 6521-9
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Aliases
  • P jirovecii DNA detection
  • P jirovecii PCR
  • Pneumocystis carinii
Pneumocystis jirovecii by PCR