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Cryptococcal Antigen



Test Usage

  • Diagnosis of Infection with Cryptococcus neoformans. This is a fungal infection associated with immunosuppression
  • Please state the following
  • Date of onset of symptoms
  • Relevant clinical details
  • Type of immunosuppression e.g transplant patient


Blood sample (serum) or CSF

Specimen container

Gold top clotted (5ml) or sterile universal (white top) pot

How To Request On EPIC

For electronic requesting using EPIC (RDUH ONLY):

Search for: ‘Cryptococcal antigen (Ref)‘ or test code ‘LAB779


Sent to UKHSA Mycology Reference Laboratory, UKHSA South West, Bristol

Processing Time

2-5 days

Urgent Specimen Instructions

Please contact the laboratory for enquiries regarding urgent tests

Specimen Labelling Procedure
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