What is the role of CSF latex antigen testing in the workup of viral meningitis?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Cordia Wan, MD; Chief Editor: Niranjan N Singh, MBBS, MD, DM, FAHS, FAANEM  more...
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CSF latex antigen testing helps to rule out bacterial causes of meningitis, such as Haemophilus influenzae and Neisseria meningitidis. The addition of a drop of CSF sediment to an India ink preparation may aid in the diagnosis of cryptococcal meningitis, although antigen assay testing for cryptococci is the preferred test.


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