Antigen Detection


  • Test Code


  • CPT Code


  • Clinical Significance

    The MVista® coccidioides quantitative antigen test aids in the diagnosis of coccidioidomycosis. Monitoring the coccidioidomycosis helps determine when treatment can be stopped and to diagnose relapse.

  • Methodology
    • Quantitative Sandwich Enzyme Immunoassay (EIA)
    • Serum and CSF are pre-treated to improve accuracy
  • Limitations

    The result is not intended to be used as the sole means for clinical diagnosis or patient management decisions.

    • Cross-reactions are seen with histoplasmosis, blastomycosis and paracoccidioidomycosis.
    • Sputolysin, sodium hydroxide, and potassium hydroxide treatment degrade the analyte detected in the assay.
  • Specimen Collection
    • 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.
    • Plasma: Collect plasma specimens in an EDTA, heparin or sodium citrate tube. Centrifuge for 15 minutes and pipette plasma into a plastic screw cap vial.
    • Urine/CSF/BAL/Other Body Fluids: Submit urine, CSF, BAL, and all other body fluids in a sterile screw cap container.
  • Minimum Specimen Requirements
    • Serum/Plasma: 1.2 mL
    • CSF: 0.8 mL
    • Urine/BAL/Other Body Fluids: 0.5 mL
  • Specimen Stability
    • Room Temperature: 14 days
    • Refrigerated: 14 days
    • Frozen: Indefinitely
  • Specimen Rejection
    • If specimen is too viscous to pipette
    • Tissue, Sputum, Bronchial Brushings, Stool, FNA, Biopsy, Tracheal or Bone Marrow Aspirate
  • Transport Temperature

    Refrigerated/Frozen/Room Temperature

  • Shipping

    Ship next day service Monday- Friday delivery


  • Turnaround Time

    Testing is performed Monday-Friday

    • Urine/BAL: Same day
    • Serum/Plasma/CSF: 1 day

    *New positives may require confirmation


  • Reference Range

    None detected

  • Interpretative Information
    • Positive: 0.07-8.2 ng/mL
    • Positive Above the Limit of Quantification: Results greater than 8.2 ng/mL fall outside the linear range of the assay. These results are positive, but not accurately quantifiable.
  • Additional Information

    MVista® is a registered trademark of MiraVista Diagnostics

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