[Histonet] Stains for pneumocystis

Bell, Lynne Lynne.Bell <@t> hitchcock.org
Tue Jan 10 07:22:21 CST 2006

My fellow Histonetters,
I would like to know what stain you are using for pneumocystis.  We are
presently using a "modified" GMS that takes approximately one hour and
15 minutes to perform.  A few of our physicians would like something a
bit faster.  (Of course, I would like to get the specimen sometimes
before 3 p.m., but that is another story for another time!)  I have also
found that a Thin Prep slide from a BAL is the best specimen.  We have
tried direct smears and Cyto-spins with much less success.
Thanks is advance, 
Lynne A. Bell, HT (ASCP)
Central Vermont Hospital
P.O. Box 547
Barre, VT 05641

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