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Cryptococcal Antigen

Alternate Names
Cryptococcus neoformans
Ordering Information
Not performed in the absence of white cells in the CSF.  Maximum sensitivity is obtained when both CSF and serum are examined.
Laboratory
Microbiology
Specimen
See collection instructions
CSF
Blood
Container
Serum tube (gold top)
See collection instructions
Sterile CSF tube
Additional Collection Instructions

CSF is collected into a sterile 10 mL tube (CRAGC) AND / OR 5 mL blood into a Serum tube (CRAG)

Minimum Adult Volume
None
Minimum Paediatric Volume
None
Frequency
As required