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Who would need a cerebrospinal fluid fungal culture?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Meningitis

It's usually someone who might have cryptococcal meningitis.
However, there are other forms of fungal meningitis, such as histoplasmosis and coccidioidomycosis, that can also be detected with a fungal culture. Fungal cultures are often sent routinely after a spinal tap, because it's easier to send the culture than to go back and repeat the procedure if you decide you need it later.

In brief: Meningitis

It's usually someone who might have cryptococcal meningitis.
However, there are other forms of fungal meningitis, such as histoplasmosis and coccidioidomycosis, that can also be detected with a fungal culture. Fungal cultures are often sent routinely after a spinal tap, because it's easier to send the culture than to go back and repeat the procedure if you decide you need it later.
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