Blood Tests for Mold
There are several blood tests that are highly valuable in the diagnosis of mold exposure and mold sickness:
Aspergillus DNA Probe
This test can determine if certain species of Aspergillus is present in the blood. This test is usually used to detect the presence of Aspergillosis sp., an invasive fungal infection (IFI) known as Aspergillosis. To administer this test the patient must have an attending physician on standby with hospital admitting privileges. If the patient tests positive for the Aspergillus DNA Probe they must be admitted immediately into the hospital.
IgE testing has been available for years. It is a standard in the industry as a first responder or allergy test. This test can be used to determine:
1. If the patient has an allergy to a specific species of fungi / mold
2. If the patient is still living in the contaminated environment and tests positive for an abnormal level of a species of mold in the IgE test, the patient once removed from the contaminated environment may then test again several months later. If the second test taken at a later date shows decreased levels in the IgE test the scientific weight of evidence would rule that the patients primary place of insult or exposure has been eliminated.
Blood Fungal Culture
It is our experience that blood fungal cultures may yield as high as a 9 out of 10 false negative result for the detection of fungal infection, or fungal colonization within the human body.