Beta D Glucan

This test is referred to another lab outside our network
This does not affect where samples are sent and where your results are issued.
Beta D glucan is a molecule found in the cell wall of a broad range of fungi (candida spp., Aspergillus spp., Pneumocystis jirovecii with notable exceptions being Cryptococcus, zygomycetes and Blastomyces) and can be used in some settings and in specific patient populations to aid making a diagnosis of invasive fungal infection.

Samples are sent 5 days a week to the reference laboratory.
Clinical details: 
A repeatedly positive result may support a diagnosis of invasive fungal infection (IFI) including invasive candida infection. Results should be considered in conjunction with other diagnostic procedures, such as microbiologic culture, histological examination of biopsy specimens, host risk factors and radiographic evidence. A negative result can may be helpful to rule out the diagnosis of IA in some situations.
Synonyms or keywords: 
Beta D glucan
Sample type and Volume required: 
6-8 ml clotted blood in a Serum Separator Tube (Yellow top).
Turnaround time: 
14 days
Storage and transport: 
Send blood to Central specimen reception at Guys and at St Thomas's Hospital. Bloods can be fridged if there is delay to transporting the sample.
Infection Sciences Department at St Thomas' Hospital
020 7188 8008
St Thomas' Hospital
North Wing - 5th Floor
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7EH
Core opening hours: Monday-Friday 0900-1730

For clinical advice or interpretation of results, please contact the laboratory in the first instance.

Print as a PDF

Last updated: 24/01/2020