Bronchoalveolar lavage. Induced sputum is acceptable, provided it is correctly done by well-trained staff using 3% hypertonic saline; it is nevertheless less sensitive than BAL.
Silver Stain; Immunofluorescence using Monoclonal Antibodies
Pneumocystis jirovecii seen; No Pneumocystis jirovecii seen
4 – 24 hours
Monday - Saturday
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