Kenya Medical Laboratory Tests

Indian Ink stain Test in Kenya

Brief Description

This test is done to detect presence of Cryptococcus neoformans(a type of encapsulated yeast) especially in the central nervous system.


Cerebrospinal fluid culture, Cryptococuss antigen titer

Patient Preparation

The patient might be asked to empty their bladder and bowels before thetest.

Sample Type

Fungal specimen

Sample volume

2 - 4 ml

Sample collection Container

Clean sterile tube

Sample collection instructions

A lumbar puncture is used to collect CSF and the patient is required to stay very still while the fluid is being withdrawn.

Sample storage

Maintained at room temperature

Reference range

No Cryptococcus identified

Results Turnaround

1 - 2days after receipt of samples

Diseases / Diagnostic Indicators

Visible colonies indicate a fungal infection which more often is associated with cryptococcal meningitis.