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Tuberk Toraks. 2013;61(4):303-11.

[The Pneumocystis jirovecii colonization in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) and bronchial washing and the comparison of methods which are used in diagnosis].

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Department of Chest Diseases, Faculty of Medicine, Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey.



Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) which is caused by Pneumocystis jirovecii is usually seen in the patients whose immune system is supressed. It is seriously seen an opportunist infection. In our study; totally 100 bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) and bronchial washing samples collected by pulmonary disease department. Which belong to the patients in the clinics, and out patient clinic of the bronchoscopy material were evaluated.


The BAL and bronchial washing were evaluated by the help of methenamine silver stain (Gomori/Grocott), toluidine blue O stain, Wright-Giemsa stain, immun fluorescent antibody (IFA) stain, nested polymerase chain reaction (PCR).


In the BAL and bronchial washing samples the agent couldn't be shown by the help of methenamine silver (Gomori/Grocott), toluidine blue O, Wright-Giemsa staining. In 13 patients with IFA test the cysts of P. jirovecii were determined. In 16 patients with nested PCR; the DNA of P. jirovecii were determined. In 8 patients by using PCR and IFA test P. jirovecii was determined. When the samples which had P. jirovecii were analyzed; 13 of them were BAL and 8 of them were bronchial washing. When the phenomenon groups were evaluated according to age, gender, smoking, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cerebrovascular accident (CVA), congestive cardiac failure (CCF), staying in the hospital in the last three months, using antibiotics and radiological findings; there wasn't a statistical meaningful relation between P. jirovecii positivity and these situations. When the phenomenon groups were evaluated according to PCR and IFA positivity; in IFA and PCR positive patients for immunosupressive there was a meaningful differances (p= 0.003). The positive 28.6 % of cases were immunosuppressed and the 3.8% of PCR or IFA negative cases were immunosupressed. When PCR method was compared with IFA which is called gold standard for sensitivity and specificity; sensitivity was found 61.5% and specificity was found 90.8%. IFA and PCR diagnosis test results were compatible (With McNemar test p= 0.581).


Diagnostic sensitivity of staining methods for P. jirovecii in immunocompromised HIV negative patients are found to be low and it was shown that IFA and nested PCR methods have not parallel results.

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