Coccidioides Antigen
Label Mnemonic: COCCIBAL
Epic Lab Code: LAB8628
Downtime Form: A-1a Doctor/Provider Orders - Pathology Core and Specialty Care Nursery
Commercial Mail-out Laboratory
5231 RCP
BAL Fluid
Specimen Instructions:
Two unique patient identifiers required on specimen container. Specimens with particulate matter or viscosity that would not allow the specimen to be pipetted will be rejected.
Collection Medium:
Sterile Container
Preferred Minimum: 2 mL BAL Fluid
Absolute Minimum: 0.5 mL BAL Fluid
Rejection Criteria:
Tissue, biopsy, sputum, bronchial brush, tracheal aspirate, FNA, bone marrow aspirate, or stool. Samples in transport media, fixative or Isolator tubes.
Turn Around Time:
1 day if specimen is received in reference laboratory by 10:30 am.
1-2 days if specimen is received after 10:30 am at reference laboratory
Positive samples may require confirmation which could extend TAT.
Reference Range:
None Detected
Interfering Substances & Cross-Reactions:
Sodium hydroxide and sputolysin. Cross‐reactivity occurs between blastomycosis and histoplasmosis and in paracoccidioidomycosis, penicillosis, coccidioidomycosis, aspergillosis and sporotrichosis.
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