Table 2.

Detection of P. carinii by TD-PCR in paired oral wash and BAL specimens obtained from HIV-infected patients

Specimen sourceNo. of specimens (%)a
Oral wash25 (89)31 (94)32
BAL28 (100)30 (91)03
  • a The total number of patients was 61, of whom 28 were diagnosed with PCP according to detection of P. carinii in BAL specimens by Giemsa and immunofluorescence staining.