Search for Pneumocystis carinii DNA in upper and lower respiratory tract of humans.

@article{Oz2000SearchFP,
  title={Search for Pneumocystis carinii DNA in upper and lower respiratory tract of humans.},
  author={Helieh S Oz and Walter T. Hughes},
  journal={Diagnostic microbiology and infectious disease},
  year={2000},
  volume={37 3},
  pages={161-4}
}
Recent studies suggest that Pneumocystis carinii DNA may be detected by PCR in oropharyngeal secretions in the majority of patients with P. carinii pneumonitis (PCP). However, the prevalence of P. carinii DNA in patients without PCP has not been well established. A prospective study of 258 nasal, pharyngeal, and salivary specimens from 86 individuals with AIDS, cancer or no underlying disease, and without respiratory infection, found no P. carinii DNA in any of the samples. Separately, to… CONTINUE READING