What is the role of lumbar puncture in the workup of fungal pneumonia?

Updated: Jun 21, 2019
  • Author: Romeo A Mandanas, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Perform a lumbar spinal puncture in patients with suspected cryptococcosis or disseminated disease with central nervous system (CNS) symptomatology in order to detect the polysaccharide capsule antigen by latex agglutination or enzyme immunoassay.


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