Fungal Antibody Tests
(Fungal Antibodies)

Alternate Names

  • Antifungal Antibodies
  • Potassium Hydroxide Preparation
  • Fungal Culture or Smear
  • Fungal Antigen and Antibody Tests
  • Calcofluor White Stain
  • KOH Prep
  • Mycology Tests

The most common fungal infections occur from inhalation of spores from blastomycosis, coccidiomycosis, histoplasmosis, and paracoccidiomycosis. The lungs become infected first, and as the infection progresses, other tissues of the body are affected. Only three-quarters of people who have fungal infections will have antibodies in their blood. This blood test can only determine if the infection is current or has occurred in the recent past, and is not diagnostic for the specific fungi. Other systemic fungal infections such as Candida, are usually not seen in people with healthy immune systems, and will only be seen in those who have compromised immune systems due to illness, or AIDS/HIV infection.


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