clinical definition of cryptococcus antigen
It is a fungus, found in the soil, which produces spores that can be inhaled. If a person’s immune system is weakened; cryptococcus can cause a life-threatening infection in the brain called cryptococcal meningitis.
The organism has been isolated from several sites in nature, particularly weathered pigeon droppings. Infection is usually acquired via the pulmonary route.
when do you expect results?
24 to 36 Hours
why get tested?
The cryptococcal test is used to diagnose any infection with the fungus in the blood.
reason to take cryptococcus antigen test
The symptoms associated are:
Tenderness of the breastbone
Pinpoint red spots or rash
Unintentional weight loss"
preparations needed for cryptococcus antigen test
"No Fasting Required.
No other special preparations required."
(Blood Sample),Specimen collection procedure:
(Collection of blood from a vein, usually from the arm)"
Understanding results of Cryptococcus antigen
A Reference range is a set of values which helps the healthcare professional to interpret a medical test. It may vary with age, gender, and other factors. Reference ranges may also vary between labs, in value & units depending on instruments used and method of establishment of reference ranges.