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Test Catalog

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

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.

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing

Pleural Fluid

Additional Testing Requirements

Pleural fluid testing for cryptococcal antigen should also be submitted for routine fungal culture.

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing

Container/Tube: Sterile vial

Specimen Volume: 0.5 mL

Forms

If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Microbiology Test Request (T244) with the specimen.

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Testing Laboratory

0.25

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Hemolysis NA
Lipemia NA
Icterus NA
Other NA

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the performing laboratory, alternate acceptable temperatures are also included

Specimen TypeTemperatureTimeSpecial Container
Pleural FluidRefrigerated (preferred)21 days
 Frozen 30 days