Cryptococcal Antigen Detection

Test Name: Diagnostic Section: Fee:
Cryptococcal Antigen Detection Virology
Species: Set up days: Turn Around Time:
All Species (exc. primates)
M, Tu, W, Th, F 1 day
Specimen Requirements:

Sterile non-hemolysed serum or CSF; 1.0 ml preferred, 0.5 ml minimum
Collection Protocol:

Collect in red top tube, separate serum promptly or collect in serum separator tube,    spin and send "as-is".
Shipping Requirements:

Refrigerated, in leak proof tubes (s).  Overnight or 2-day shipping form samples recommended.
Additional Information:

Testing should be done when clinical evidence suggests diagnosis of cryptococcal disease and not as a screening procedure for the general population.  This test yields a presence/absence report of cryptococcal antigen in the specimen.  It does not provide a qualitative titer of the antigen concentration.