Ordering Recommendation

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

New York DOH Approval Status

This test is New York state approved.

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.


Qualitative Polymerase Chain Reaction


Mon, Wed, Fri


1-5 days

Reference Interval

Interpretive Data

This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. It has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. This test was performed in a CLIA certified laboratory and is intended for clinical purposes.

Compliance Category

Laboratory Developed Test (LDT)


Hotline History


CPT Codes



Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
2006255 P. jirovecii Source 31208-2
2006256 P. jirovecii by PCR 6521-9
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