CRYPTOCOCCUS ANTIGEN TEST (088-0456)Synonyms: Cryptococcal antigen, C. neoformans antigen CPT 4 Code: 87327
Test Order Mnemonic: F CRY
Applies to: Detection of Cryptococcus antigen in blood and CSF by EIA method
Request Form: Microbiology
Collection: Aseptic technique for CSF; routine venipuncture for blood
Storage Instructions: Room temperature. Do not refrigerate
Causes for Rejection: Insufficient quantity, hemolysis, lipemia
Availability: Samples are accepted 24 hours per day at the Microbiology Processing Laboratory, Room 5.137 McCullough.
Turnaround Time: 1-2 days
Special Instructions: Test performed in place of India ink examination. Test is performed daily. Results are reported as positive or negative. Titers are currently being performed by ARUP when screen is positive.
Specimen: CSF or blood
Minimum Volume: 0.5 ml serum or CSF
Container: CSF, sterile container; Blood, Vacutainer, red top
Critical Values: Positive
Test Method: Semi-automated EIA (Meridian)
Revised/reviewed 10/21/2011 by T. Friloux