Cryptococcus Antigen, CSF

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This is the test to order when determining if a patient has Cryptococcosis.
 


Test Code
CRYCSF


Alias/See Also
4125;
Antigen, Cryptococcus (CSF)


CPT Codes
87327

Preferred Specimen
1 mL CSF in sterile container. (minimum 0.5 mL)


Transport Container
CSF Collection Tube Kit


Transport Temperature
Refrigerated


Specimen Stability
Room Temperature = n/a
Refrigerated = 7 days
Frozen = at least 7 days


Methodology
Lateral flow immunochromatographic test system

Setup Schedule
7 days
BS


Report Available
1 day


Clinical Significance
The encapsulated soil yeast Cryptococcus neoformans causes Cryptococcosis. Pulmonary infection is acquired by inhalation of the organism and is usually subclinical in the immunocompetent host. Dissemination may occur in an immunocompromised patient, often to the meninges.


Performing Laboratory
Compunet Clinical Laboratories, LLC
2308 Sandridge Drive
Moraine, OH 45439


Last Updated: December 7, 2021


The CPT Codes provided in this document are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed. Any Profile/panel component may be ordered separately. Reflex tests are performed at an additional charge.