Table 1.

Specimens obtained from 76 HIV-positive patients and 41 control patients evaluated by two different PCR methodsa

PCR method(s)No. of HIV-positive patientsNo. of patients with PCP (%)aNo. of control patients
TD-PCR and mtPCR3214 (44)
TD-PCR only2914 (48)41b
mtPCR only1510 (66)
 Total7638 (50)41
  • a PCP according to detection ofP. carinii in BAL specimens by Giemsa and immunofluorescence staining.

  • b None of the patients had microscopically verified or clinical PCP in 60 BAL specimens.