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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 is a fungus that can cause infection in humans. Cryptococcus neoformans can cause meningitis, lung and skin infections more commonly in those with HIV. Cryptococcus gattii has caused infections in people with normal immune system in ...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