Opportunistic Airborne Fungal Pathogen Test
Device run-time: 24 Hours Lab Turnaround Time: 2 Days
We have the only lab in the country offering this specific airborne mold test.
Immunocompromised individuals have weakened immune systems. Due to age or to specific medical conditions, this population is left vulnerable to infection by the following panel of fungi: Aspergillus fumigatus & Aspergillus niger, Mucor, Candida albicans.
Opportunistic Fungal Pathogens:
Immunocompromised individuals have weakened immune systems. Due to age or to specific medical conditions,
this population is left vulnerable to infection by the following panel of fungi:
Aspergillus fumigatus & Aspergillus niger:
Aspergillus fumigatus and Aspergillus niger are both common species of fungi in the genus, Aspergillus. Both types
of fungi can cause disease in individuals with immunodeficiencies. Diseases associated with Aspergillus fumigatus
include chronic pulmonary aspergillosis, invasive aspergillosis, a life-threatening disease which can infect multiple
organs, pneumonitis, aspergilloma, allergic asthma, and hypersensitivity. In rare circumstances, Aspergillus niger
can also cause aspergillosis. Otomycosis, a fungal ear infection, which causes severe pain, hearing loss, and
damage to the ear canal, can also be attributed to Aspergillus niger infections.
Mucor is a genus of fungi which is comprised of approximately 40 species. Breathing in some species of Mucor can
cause severe disease in immunocompromised individuals, known as mucormycosis. Mucormycosis is a severe and
potentially fatal fungal infection starting in the sinuses or lungs. It is especially serious due to the fast-spreading
nature of the infection. Without treatment, it can rapidly spread throughout the body.
Candida albicans is the most common species of yeast that is associated with infection in humans. In
immunocompromised individuals, Candida can cause invasive candidiasis, a serious infection that can enter the
bloodstream and infect internal organs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, invasive
candidiasis is one of the most common causes of bloodstream infections in hospitalized patients and can lead to
long hospital stays and death.