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Aspergillus nucleic acid

About This Test

Department: Virology and Molecular Microbiology


2x 4ml serum (1ml if paediatric), red top

Bronchial lavage or sputum sample in sterile leak proof container (no additives) 


Turnaround Time:

5 days


Invasive aspergillosis occurs in a wide range of clinical conditions and is associated with a high mortality rate. In cases of suspected invasive aspergillosis, PCR should be performed on both blood and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid to maximize test sensitivity and the positive predictive value.

Other Comments:

If processing is delayed, refrigeration is preferable to storage at ambient temperature. Delays of over 48 hours are undesirable

Measurement units: Not applicable
Clinical decision points: Interpretive comments included in report
Factors known to significantly affect results: Haemolysis
Reference Lab: Manchester Medical Microbiology