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  • India Ink

    Test Name:India Ink
    Epic Order Code:LAB5021
    CPT Code:87210
    Specimen(s) Type:CSF
    Acceptable Container(s):Sterile screw cap tube
    Testing Schedule:24 hours/day, 7 days/week
    Turn Around Time:STAT: NA
    Routine: Same day
    Collection Information:Refer to Microbiology Collection Information by Source. Submit tube #2 or #3.
    Transport Information:Deliver to lab immediately at room temperature. All specimens must be signed into the laboratory.
    Reference Client:If unable to deliver to lab immediately, store and transport at room temperature. Do NOT refrigerate. Specimen must be received in lab within 24 hours.
    Causes for Rejection:Improperly labeled, incorrect container, contaminated, insufficient quantity, improper/delay in transport.
    Reference Range:Negative
    Additional Information:Cultures are more sensitive than direct preparations. The India Ink may be negative when the culture is positive; therefore, all India Ink orders should be backed-up by a fungus culture.
    Latex agglutination for Cryptococcus antigen detection (available in Serology) may also be ordered if Cryptococcus is suspected.