Submit one of the following:
Serum 1 plain red top serum tube or 1 gold top serum gel tube. Send 1.0 mL of serum removed from the fully clotted whole blood (plain red or serum gel tube) and transferred to a sterile labeled tube.
CSF 1.0 mL cerebrospinal fluid (CSF).should be aseptically collected and transferred to a sterile labeled screw-top tube.
Store/transport specimen refrigerated.
Positive Results will automatically reflex a titer.
Critical Value: Positive results
IMPORTANT NOTE: "Cryptococcus gattii is an emerging agent of cryptococcosis that is indistinguishable from C. neoformans by most routine laboratory tests, including the Cryptococcal Antigen test." ASM-A Quick Guide to the Significance and Laboratory Identification of Cryptococcus gattii, January 18, 2011.
86403 - Particle agglutination, screen
86406 - Titer, each antibody
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