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  • Cryptococcal Ag, CSF

Cryptococcal Ag, CSF

Test ID   LAB6011
EPIC Order
CPT Code(s)   86403, (86406 if positive)
Group/Individual Test   Individual
Laboratory   Clinical Immunology (Day Shift, M-F)
Clinical Microbiology (Weekends, Evenings, Nights)
Tube Station   30 (Routine)
82 (STAT)
Specimen Routine: 1 mL CSF, Tube 2 or 3
Availability Routine: Monday-Friday
  STAT: YES (24 Hours/7 Days/Week)
Turnaround Time   2 hours (STAT); 1-3 days(routine)
Reference Range Normal: Negative
Internal Reference Testing Specimen Handling Instructions: Unspun, Freeze
Comments CSF samples submitted for cryptococcal antigen testing are incubated with latex particles coated with murine IgM monoclonal antibodies to the cryptococcal capsular polysaccharide antigen (CPS).  Results are reported as negative or positive.  Positive results are accompanied by the endpoint titer determined by serial dilution of the patient’s CSF.  False positive results have been documented with the polysaccharide antigen of Trichosporon beigelii.

Reviewed by gloria_crawford on February 10, 2017

Note: Reference ranges provided on this web site are for guidance only, and may not reflect the most recent changes. Refer to laboratory reports for current reference data.

UNC Hospitals
McLendon Clinical Laboratories
101 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514