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Ana titer with reflex to ifa of 1:320 and neg for antibody tests what does that mean? Pattern was speckled and homogeneos

Ana titer with reflex to ifa of 1:320 and neg for antibody tests what does that mean? Pattern was speckled and homogeneos

See details: You have a positive ANA which is a screening test for lupus. However, it is positive in numerous other diseases and even in normal people. See a rheumatologist to determine what it means. ...Read more

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Cryptococcus (Definition)

Cryptococcus =fungi which may cause Cryptococcosis. (i.e., Cryptococcus ...Read more


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My teen had ANA test but now dr is saying we need a "reflex titer" blood test. What is it and does that mean ANA positive?

Suggestive of auto-: Immune disorder. A high concentration of anti-nuclear antibody is one indicator or auto-immune disease. Titer is one expression for concentration of a particular antibody. See this site for info on ana: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003535.Htm. ...Read more

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Had HSV DNA PCR test with CSF? Negative. Also had HSV 1/2 antibody (IgM), IFA with reflex to Titer, CSF. Negative. Can I still have HSV 1 or 2?

Had HSV DNA PCR test with CSF?  Negative.  Also had HSV 1/2 antibody (IgM), IFA with reflex to Titer, CSF. Negative. Can I still have HSV 1 or 2?

No HSV in CNS: With these tests, you're obviously under a doctor's care, maybe including an infectious diseases specialist or neurologist. They can answer these questions best. But these results effectively rule out HSV infection of your central nervous system. Something else is causing the problem. That said, the HSV IgM test is notoriously unreliable. You probably also had an IgG test, probably negative. ...Read more

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51 yom w/ hx of latent tb, and 2 yr hx chronic non-bloody, productive cough. neg cryptococcus, coccidioidies. no response to 3 wk LABA. what to do?

51 yom w/ hx of latent tb, and 2 yr hx chronic non-bloody, productive cough. neg cryptococcus, coccidioidies. no response to 3 wk LABA. what to do?

Mgt: If you are chronically producing sputum, I would advise a CT scan and a lavage,including cytologies and cultures. Sputum samples may be useful but also may miss the diagnosis. Avoid all smoke and please discuss the possibility of bronchiectasis With your pulmonary specialist. ...Read more

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I'm scared of cryptococcus spores! i'm in fresno! please help!?

I'm scared of cryptococcus spores! i'm in fresno! please help!?

Cryptosporidiosis: What you need to be concerned about is cyptosporidiosis, not cryptococcus. Both are present in the soil. Cryptococcus affects immunosuppresed individuals. Cryptosporidiosis can affect healthy people but, with infrequent exceptions, it is a mild flu like illness. Unless you have underlying illness, there is no need to be scared. ...Read more

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Is cryptococcus neoformans a bad infection?

Is cryptococcus neoformans a bad infection?

Yes: The fungus had previously affected only people with weakened immune systems. It is absorbed through the lungs and the symptoms of infection, which can appear two to several months after exposure, can include chest pain, shortness of breath, headache, fever and a cough lasting weeks. ...Read more

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What does cryptococcus affect?

What does cryptococcus affect?

Usually meningitis: It usually causes a meningitis (infection of the spinal fluid), though it can sometimes disseminate and affect other organs, such as the brain, lung, and skin. ...Read more

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Does anyone know what stachybotrys and cryptococcus might be?

Does anyone know what stachybotrys and cryptococcus might be?

Fungus: Stachybotrys is a genus of molds, or asexually-reproducing, filamentous fungi. Cryptococcus (latin for "hidden sphere") is a genus of fungus. These fungi grow in culture as yeasts. ...Read more

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Cryptococcus: a few q's: how hard is it to be diagnoses with this fungus? Would all blood tests be positive, or could a false positive be LIKELY?

Cryptococcus: a few q's: how hard is it to be diagnoses with this fungus? Would all blood tests be positive,  or could a false positive be LIKELY?

Cryptococcus: The usual species is C. neoformans. Encapsulated strains are diagnosed by detection of cryptococcal antigen in CSF, sputum and urine. Blood cultures may be positive. India ink of the CSF is a microscopic method of diagnosis. Diagnosis may be more difficult if infected with C. gatti or a non-encapsulated strain but this is very uncommon. False negative results are also rare. ...Read more

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What are the tests for cryptococcus?

What are the tests for cryptococcus?

Multiple: Tests that may be done include: blood culture ct scan of the head sputum culture and stain lung biopsy bronchoscopy spinal tap to obtain a sample of cerebrospinal fluid (csf) cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) culture and other tests to check for signs of infection chest x-ray cryptococcal antigen test (looks for a certain molecule that the cryptococcus fungus can shed. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cryptococcus?

What are the symptoms of cryptococcus?

Meningitis : The yeast cryptococcus entrees the body through the lungs but overt pneumonia is not usually found. Especially in those with an impaired immune system it can cause a meningitis. ...Read more

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I'm scared of going into the fields, where does cryptococcus affect?

I'm scared of going into the fields, where does cryptococcus affect?

Brain, lungs: Cryptococcus, a fungus, is present in the soil and you do not need to be in the fields to catch it, if you are immunosuppressed. If you do not have an immune disorder, you need not worry about restricting your wanderings. ...Read more

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Is cryptococcus neoformans a germ?

Is cryptococcus neoformans a germ?

Cryptococcus: The organism is a yeast found in the environment (often linked to pigeon droppings) that can cause meningitis particularly in those with impaired immune systems such as organ transplant recipients and patients with untreated HIV infection. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for cryptococcus?

What is the treatment for cryptococcus?

Medication: Cryptococcosis that does not affect the central nervous system can be treated with Fluconazole alone. Cryptococcal meningitis should be treated for two weeks with intravenous amphotericin b and oral Flucytosine or intravenous Flucytosine if the patient is unable to swallow). This should then be followed by oral Fluconazole for ten weeks[7. ...Read more

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Can a cryptococcus gattii infection in a human be asymptomatic for years?

Can a cryptococcus gattii infection in a human be asymptomatic for years?

Yes: The fungus had previously affected only people with weakened immune systems. It is absorbed through the lungs and the symptoms of infection, which can appear two to several months after exposure, can include chest pain, shortness of breath, headache, fever and a cough lasting weeks. ...Read more

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Could a cryptococcus gattii infection in a human be asymptomatic and last for years?

Could a cryptococcus gattii infection in a human be asymptomatic and last for years?

No: Cryptococcal disease is a very rare disease that can affect the lungs (pneumonia) and nervous system (causing meningitis and focal brain lesions called cryptococcomas) in humans. The main complication of lung infection is respiratory failure. Central nervous system infection may lead to hydrocephalus, seizures and focal neurological deficit. Formerly known as cryptococcus neoformans. ...Read more

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What would cause cryptococcus albidus to be growing so thick on my sons head...Dsmo and stieprox are the treament. It covers the entire top of head?

What would cause cryptococcus albidus to be growing so thick on my sons head...Dsmo and stieprox are the treament. It covers the entire top of head?

Like any fungus...: ...It grows where it finds food. If the scalp is irritated by an allergy or mechanical scraping, it may produce discharge on which the cryptococcus could feed and grow. ...Read more