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Pneumocystis PCR

Alternate test name

PJP, Pneumocystis jirovecii, PCP, P. carinii, Pneumocystis pneumonia

Gene name / Alternate gene name


Lab area
Microbiology - Molecular
Method and equipment

Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction

Expected turn-around time
Within 7 days
Specimen type
  • Broncho-alveolar lavage (BAL)
Specimen requirements
  • minimum of 300 uL in sterile screw top tube
Storage and transportation
  • All specimens must  be shipped on dry ice.
  • Exception: Specimens that will arrive at SickKids within 24 hours from the time of collection can be shipped on ice packs
Disease condition
  • Pneumonia
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