Tag: Diagnostics

The Secret of Galactomannan – Utility in IPA

Galactomannan is a component of the cell wall of both Aspergillus spp and Penicillium spp. This component is secreted during the growth phase of the fungus, and higher galactomannan levels are correlated with fungal load in tissues. This is the general structure of the galactomannan: The test of choice is a sandwich ELISA. The double-sandwich

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Lyme Disease Testing and the Multiverse of Madness

Lyme disease is a difficult beast to diagnose. I think most people know some of the characteristics, including the fact it is a vector-borne illness that causes a characteristic rash (EM) that can lead to CNS disease, cardiac disease, and large joint arthritis. While the clinical characteristics are known, there is some difficulty in diagnosing

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