Molecular detection of Aspergillus species (Aspergillus fumigatus, A. niger, A. flavus) is used as a rapid and reliable way of detecting Aspergillus species from clinical specimens.
Invasive aspergillosis is a life-threatening condition that afflicts immunosuppressed patients, such as those undergoing hematopoietic cell transplantation. Invasive aspergillosis if not diagnosed early has a high mortality.
Conventional microbiological techniques for the diagnosis of aspergillosis do not have much clinical sensitivity and become positive with a long delay. Delays in diagnosis by conventional techniques, such as cultures and biopsies, have led to the widespread use of empirical therapy in the management of patients with aspergillosis.
The use of PCR for the diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis can reduce the time needed to diagnose the disease, reduce the use of empirical therapy and lead to more effective treatment of invasive aspergillosis.
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. The 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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