Pathology Handbook

Cryptococcus Antigen

Test Includes

Detection of antigen of Cryptococcus Neoformans in CSF/serum.

Clinical Indications

Suspected Cryptococcus meningitis, cryptococcal infection in immunosupressed patients.

Request Form 

Request via the ICE System.

Availability

On request.

Turnaround Time

24 hours - 7 days.

Specimen

CSF or Serum.

Volume

1ml.

Container

White Top Universal (CSF)

Urine bottle white top

Red Top (Plain)

Vacutainer red top

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled/inadequately labelled sample.

Insufficient clinical information given.

Lab Handling

Processed in house as part of CSF investigation (on request). Serum may be sent to a Reference Laboratory if required.