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Test Code FA Pcystis Pneumocystis FA

Biohazard Infectious

Clinical System Name

FA for Pneumocystis


Pneumocystis carinii
Pneumocystis jirovecii 


Samples are stained with fluorescent antibodies which react with Pneumocytsis carinii forms, cysts, sporozoites and trophozoites, as well as the extracellular matrix present in infected specimens.  


Sample Requirements

Specimen: BAL, Induced Sputum or Lung Tissue

Container: Sterile Container

Preferred Vol: N/A

Minimum Vol: N/A


Expectorated Sputum and Tracheal Aspirates are not accetable sample types and will be rejected. 


Processing Instructions


CPA: Send sample to Microbiology for processing.  If the sample is shared and only one tube, syringe or other container is received, affix shared sample label and send entire sample plus requisition to Microbiology.


Off-site collection: Off-site Children's Lab locations should send the sample to the SCH Microbiology Laboratory for processing. Sample should be refrigerated prior to and during courier transport. 


Other off-site locations, refrigerate sample prior to and during courier transport to the SCH Microbiology Laboratory. 


Temp Time
Room temp 1 hour
Refrigerated 24 hours
Frozen N



Procedure Performed Turn Around Time (TAT)
FA 24/7

24 hours



Performing Laboratory

Seattle Children's Laboratory



Microbiology Laboratory

CPT Codes



This test is not limited to the CPT codes listed.  Others may be added as more testing is necessary and depending on the pathogens isolated (example: MIC's and ID codes)

Notifiable Result

See Link below for Notifiable Conditions for WA state labs:


See Link below for PDF of phone numbers for Local Health jurisdictions (by County) in WA State:

Reporting Information

Final Report: 24 hours