Geisinger Medical Laboratories Test Catalog

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Geisinger Epic Procedure Code: LAB2867             Geisinger Epic ID: 14620

Specimen type:
Respiratory specimens: bronchial washings (preferred) or bronchial alveolar lavages, bronchial brushings (prepared slides only), tissue touch prep specimens (lung tissue), and pleural fluid.
Preferred collection container:
Specimen required:
Fluids: 5-10 mL; minimum 2 mL. Tissue: 0.5-1 cm diameter (pe size); mininum 0.2 cm diameter (rice grain).
Special notes:
Check expiration date on transport device before use

Transport temperature:
Room temperature (18-25°C)
Specimen stability:
Room temperature: < 24 hours. Refrigerated: 7 days at 2-8 °C
Rejection criteria:
Improperly labeled/identified specimen. Specimens in transport media. Expired collection/transport device. Quantity of specimen insufficient. Inappropriate specimen types.

Reference interval:
No Pneumocystis jirovecii seen
Critical values/courtesy alerts:
Pneumocystis jirovecii seen
CPT code(s):
Note: The billing party has sole responsibility for CPT coding.  Any questions regarding coding should be directed to the payer being billed.  The CPT codes provided by GML are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only.
Test includes:
Direct microscopic fluorescent examination of clinical specimen for P. jirovecii
Direct Fluorescent Smear
Pneumocystis jirovecii smear, fluorescent smear for peumocystis
PCP smear, PNSM, Pneumocystis carinii
Clinical significance:
Pneumocystis jirovecii is an opportunistic fungal pathogen. Detection should prompt appropriate antimicrobial therapy.
Doctoral Director(s:)
Donna Wolk PhD, D(ABMM), Raquel Martinez, PhD, D(ABMM)    
Review Date: 12/31/2022

Performing Locations

Geisinger Medical Center

Performing laboratory: Microbiology
Technical Lead: Francis Tomashefski
Frequency: Daily, 1st and 2nd shift
Performed STAT? No
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