Pneumocystis jirovecii (PCP) detection




  • A nebulised saline induced sputum or bronchoscopy trap specimen is required.
  • Normal expectorated sputum is not an acceptable sample and will not be processed
  • Please telephone the laboratory when these samples are collected

Sample requirements

Bronchoscopy trap or nebulised saline induced sputum 

Collect into a 60mL wide-mouthed container

60 mL wide-mouthed container

Required information

  • Relevant clinical details
  • Specimen collection method


Refrigerate immediately after collection

Transport to the laboratory without delay

Turnaround time

Up to 3 days

Page last reviewed: 03/11/2014