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Cryptococcus Antigen - CSF

Test Name:Cryptococcus Antigen - CSF
Epic Order Code:LAB927  
CPT Code:Test:86403 
Specimen(s) Type:CSF; 1.0 mL  
Acceptable Container(s):Sterile container
Testing Schedule:24 hours/day, 7 days/week
Turn Around Time:STAT: NA  
 Routine: 1 hour  
Collection Information:See specific specimen type in Serology/Virology Collection Information by Source.
Transport/Storage Information:Deliver to lab immediately. All specimens must be signed into the laboratory.
Reference Clients:If unable to deliver to lab immediately, store and transport the specimen at 2-8° C within 48 hours. If longer periods of storage are required the specimen must be frozen at -20° C in a non frost-free freezer.
Causes for Rejection:Improperly labeled, incorrect container, contaminated, insufficient volume, incorrect/delay in transport, excessive hemolysis, lipemia or icterus.
Reference Range:Negative  
Additional Information:Reflexive Test: If positive, a cryptococcus titer will be ordered.
 For monitoring therapy Titration of Antigen after first positive specimen should not exceed one per week. Bacterial contamination of specimen may cause false positive results.