All species excluding primates
Diagnostic Section: 
Test Fee: 
Setup Days: 
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Turn Around Time: 
1 day
Shipping Requirements: 
Label all samples. Ship overnight with cold packs in an insulated container. Serum can be shipped refrigerated or frozen, Whole blood can only be shipped refrigerated. Ship Monday-Thursday only. Glass or plastic tube with no anticoagulant additives.
Specimen Requirements: 

1 ml Serum from Whole Blood. Whole Blood Clotted, Red Top Tube. Whole Blood Clotted, Serum Separator Tube.

Collection Protocol: 

Collect serum from clotted blood in a non-additive tube (e.g. plain red top or serum separator). When possible, transfer clear serum off the clot into a new tube. Excessively hemolyzed or lipemic samples are not acceptable for this test.

Additional Information: 

The Cryptococcus Antigen Panel is a two test combination. Testing should be done when clinical evidence suggests diagnosis of cryptococcal disease and not as a screen procedure for the general population. The first test is a lateral flow assay which yields a presence/absence report for detection of the capsular polysaccharide antigens of Cryptococcus species complex (Cryptococcus neoformans, serotype A and D, and Cryptococcus gatti, serotype B and C). It not does provide a quantitative titer of the antigen concentration. If the lateral flow assay result is positive, it is followed by the latex agglutination assay to obtain a semi-quantitative titer of the Cryptococcal antigen in the blood or CSF. Samples must be received in the lab by 5 pm the day prior to testing, otherwise samples will be held until next scheduled testing day. Please call us at 541-737-2172 if testing a large number of animals. While advance notice is preferable, it is not required. Panel Includes: Cryptococcal (C. neoformans, C. gattii, CrAg) Lateral Flow Antigen Detection Cryptococcus (C. neoformans, C. gattii) Antigen Latex Agglutination