Serologic testing for Candida is used to diagnose and monitor patients with candidiasis.
Candidiasis, also known as moniliasis, is caused by the Candida albicans microorganism. It affects mucous membranes, skin and nails. The microorganism is a fungus and can normally be found in small numbers, in vaginal secretions, the intestine and the oral cavity. Under certain circumstances, the growth of the micro-organism can occur rapidly. Such cases include: long-term antibiotic therapy, corticosteroid therapy, pregnancy, contraceptives, diabetes and immunosuppressed patients. Oral candidiasis can often be the first sign of AIDS. The antibody serological test for Candida is used in conjunction with histological tests and cultures to confirm the diagnosis and is particularly useful when other tests are unclear.
IgA antibodies are found in mucosal secretions and are important for local mucosal immunity. Although they represent only 15-20% of human serum immunoglobulins, they are the predominant class of antibodies in orbital secretions. High levels of specific IgA antibodies against Candida as measured in serum are believed to be associated with Candida infections of the gastrointestinal, respiratory and urogenital mucosa.
Possible Interpretations of Pathological Values
- Increase: Candida infection
Laboratory test results are the most important parameter for the diagnosis and monitoring of all pathological conditions. 70%-80% of diagnostic decisions are based on laboratory tests. Correct interpretation of laboratory results allows a doctor to distinguish "healthy" from "diseased".
Laboratory test results should not be interpreted from the numerical result of a single analysis. Test results should be interpreted in relation to each individual case and family history, clinical findings and the results of other laboratory tests and information. Your personal physician should explain the importance of your test results.
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