Identification of Pneumocystis carinii DNA by polymerase chain reaction in necropsy lung samples from children dying of respiratory tract illnesses.

Abstract

Polymerase chain reaction for Pneumocystis carinii DNA was performed on necropsy lung samples from children by means of P carinii -specific primers.P carinii DNA was identified in 22 of 22 (100%) samples with histologically proven P carinii pneumonia and 13 of 75 (17%) with non-P carinii pneumonia respiratory illness (sensitivity, 100%; specificity, 83%). The low specificity precludes the use of polymerase chain reaction as an alternative to histopathologic diagnosis.

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@article{Kasolo2002IdentificationOP, title={Identification of Pneumocystis carinii DNA by polymerase chain reaction in necropsy lung samples from children dying of respiratory tract illnesses.}, author={Francis Chisaka Kasolo and Kennedy Lishimpi and Chifumbe Z. Chintu and Peter B Mwaba and Victor C. Mudenda and Daniel Maswahu and Hiroshi Terunuma and Helen A Fletcher and Andrew J . Nunn and Sebastian B. Lucas and Alimuddin I. Zumla}, journal={The Journal of pediatrics}, year={2002}, volume={140 3}, pages={367-9} }