This test detects the presence of the Aspergillus antigen galactomannan in serum or bronchoalveolar lavage using a commercial manual ELISA kit. Indicated for the diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis in patients who are currently or have recently been neutropenic. This test may have value in other immunocompromised patients but is not usually indicated in patients who are likely to have reasonable immune responses where the Aspergillus antibody test is more appropriate.
|Tube||Red top, black ring. Serum sample BAL sample - white topped universal|
|Availability||Routine 3 times per week|
|Additional Information||Levels of galactomannan above the cutoff of an index of 0.5 are significant. Negative results are typically around 0.1 or less and results between 0.3 and 0.5 may increase the index of suspicion and indicate repeat testing. Any positives should be confirmed by repeat testing.
A negative Aspergillus antigen result does not exclude a diagnosis of aspergillosis. False positive results have been associated with some batches of beta-lactam antibiotics (e.g. piperacillin-tazobactam) and with testing babies in the neonatal period.
|Turn Around||3 days|
|Send to||LGI Microbiology Department|
|Collection Con||BAL samples must have AAFB tested before processingMin vol BAL 700ul5ml Blood|
|IP Routine TAT||3 days|
|GP Routine TAT||3 days|