Last updated: Wednesday, 24, November, 2010
|Local Infection Sites||Appropriate Tests|
Cryptococcal antigen - serum.
Cerebrospinal fluid examination including cryptococcal antigen.
Biopsy (fine needle or surgical) - microscopy and culture for fungus, with subtyping of Cryptococcus neoformans variety.
Although the yield is low, sputum microscopy and culture and blood cultures should be performed.
Fine needle aspiration of lesion - if not diagnostic, lung biopsy may be required.
CNS infection, especially
|Cerebrospinal fluid examination|
Seen particularly in patients with AIDS.
Urine - microscopy and specific culture for Cryptococcus neoformans.