The blastomyces antibody immunodiffusion test is used for the in vitro determination of precipitating antibodies to Blastomyces dermatitidis. It is also used as an aid in the diagnosis of Blastomycosis.
The result is not intended to be used as the sole means for clinical diagnosis or patient management decisions.
Negative serologic tests may be observed among culturally demonstrable cases, which limits the predictive value of a negative test.
Negative serologic results obtained during the first month may warrant repeat testing.
Falsely negative results may be obtained when testing immunocompromised patients.
Test results cannot be used solely, to distinguish between active infection and prior exposure.
Serum: Collect serum specimens in serum separator or red top tube. Allow blood to clot for 30 minutes, then centrifuge. Pipette serum into a plastic screw cap vial.
Minimum Specimen Requirements
Serum: 0.25 mL per antibody
Refrigerated: 14 days
Frozen: 6 months
Any specimen types other than serum.
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