Pneumocystis jiroveci (previously named P. carinii) is an organism that can cause Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) in immunocompromised patients. PCP, long associated with morbidity and mortality with HIV-infected (AIDS) patients, is now increasing in prevalence among the non-HIV infected immunosuppressed population. Early detection allows the introduction of appropriate treatment and may improve chances of patient survival. The Fungi Fluor® Pneumocystis kit offers a fast, fluorescent staining procedure for Pneumocystis jiroveci in bronchial specimens.Advantages:
- Direct fluorescent stain for Pneumocystis jiroveci (previously named P. carinii) cyst
- Unique fluorescent morphology (”double parenthesis” structure) is easy to identify
- Rapid 3 minutes to stain and read
- Minimal prep and clean-up
- Better results than with methenamine silver staining
- Less costly than time-consuming than immunofluorescent assays
- Permanent slides - slides can be reactivated if fluorescence dims
- Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL)
- Bronchial brush or wash
- Touch prep of fresh tissue
- Paraffin section and frozen sections
Kit contains: 10ml of Fungi-Fluor Pneumocystis solution and 10 control slides.
Up to 100 tests per kitProduct is for research use only in Europe.
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- Irritant, Unknown
- Exercise normal care
- Protect from light; Store at room temperature; Do not permit to freeze