Pneumocystis Jiroveci Pneumonia, PCP
Bronchoalveolar lavage or washings are preferred specimens. Bronchial brushings or sputum may be submitted, but the diagnostic yield is less. Send fresh specimens (see General Instruction). Fix submitted smears with cytology spray fixative or immerse in 95% ethanol for 20 minutes. Write "Evaluate for Pneumocystis Carinii or Pneumocystis Jiroveci Pneumonia on the request form.
90 % of cases reported within 2 working days and 100% of cases reported within 7 working days