Test Catalog

Test ID: PLFA    
Cryptococcus Antigen Screen, Lateral Flow Assay, Pleural Fluid

Useful For Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Diagnosis of infection with Cryptococcus species


This test can be used as an adjunct for diagnosis of pulmonary infection with Cryptococcus species. Positive results are indicative of infection; however, cryptococcal antigen may remain detectable for prolonged periods of time following disease resolution.

Reflex Tests Lists tests that may or may not be performed, at an additional charge, depending on the result and interpretation of the initial tests.

Test IDReporting NameAvailable SeparatelyAlways Performed
PLFATCryptococcus Ag Titer, LFA, PFNoNo

Testing Algorithm Delineates situations when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

If this screen is positive, the antigen titer will be performed at an additional charge.

Method Name A short description of the method used to perform the test

Lateral Flow Assay (LFA)

NY State Available Indicates the status of NY State approval and if the test is orderable for NY State clients.


Reporting Name Lists a shorter or abbreviated version of the Published Name for a test

Cryptococcus Ag Screen, LFA, PF

Aliases Lists additional common names for a test, as an aid in searching

Thoracentesis Fluid