Pneumocystis pneumonia (PJP or PCP) is a potentially life-threatening infection that occurs in immunocompromised individuals.
HIV-infected patients with a low CD4 count are at the highest risk of PCP. Others at substantial risk include hematopoietic cell and solid organ transplant recipients, those with cancer (particularly hematologic malignancies), and those receiving glucocorticoids, chemotherapeutic agents, and other immunosuppressive medications. The incidence of PCP is increasing as the number of people receiving immunosuppressive medications continues to grow.
Microbiology - Virology
Test performed daily on routine weekdays. Out of hours testing only on Microbiologist approval.
PCP (Pneumocystis PCR)
Sample collection preferably by Physiotherapist or medical officer.
Please discuss with a Microbiologist if results are required urgently.
Specimen types: Induced sputum, bronchial washings, lung biopsy
Send to lab ASAP at room temperature
Chilled (2 - 8 degrees Celsius)
$142.11 (Exclusive of GST)
Sputum is less sensitive for detecting pneumocystis. Bronchial lavage and/or induced sputum are preferred specimens.
Urgent testing by arrangement with a Microbiologist
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