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Introduction to Clinical Mycology

Part One

Laboratory Diagnosis of Fungal Infections

Slide 4

November 2011

Other things that can be done are serologic tests for antigen, antibody and some metabolites of some of these fungi that assist in making a diagnosis prior to maybe doing an invasive procedure. If a culture is ordered and something grows, they will perhaps order an antifungal susceptibility test and then the laboratory sometimes is involved in interpretation of those results whether it is a serologic test or whether it is an antifungal susceptibility test. And then the most important thing, and we will reemphasize this again in just a moment, is communication with the physician. The laboratory must communicate with the physician and not be afraid to call the clinician up and give him the results of patient care for about the patient result so that we don’t delay therapy for these patients. Often times we also have to go back and communicate with others in the laboratory to make sure we have all of this information straight.

Laboratory Diagnosis of Fungal Infections


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