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Lab Test Dictionary

India Ink Prep

Methodology

Microscopy


Specimen Type

CSF

Performing Lab

RCSHD


Epic ID

LAB337

Lab Test Days

upon receipt

Standard TAT

1 day

Stat TAT

1 hour


Collection Information

Specimen Required

CSF, urine, body fluids

Container Type

Sterile Container

Collection Instructions

Submit in a sterile screw-capped container or syringe (capped without needle). Transport immediately to laboratory.


Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Transport Temperature

Refrigerate-OK/Ambient-OK

Test Volume Required

1 ml

Minimum Test Volume

0.5 ml

Processing Instructions

Refer to microbiology processing manual


Included Tests

Microscopic examination for encapsulated yeast


Comments

India Ink preparations performed on CSF sediment are positive in only 60% of all cases of Cryptococcal meningitis. ALL requests for India Ink should include a culture or antigenic detection


Revised

08-02-17