Tests and diagnosis

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Diagnosing histoplasmosis can be complicated, depending on the area of the body being affected. While testing is not usually necessary for mild cases of histoplasmosis, it can be crucial to help choose appropriate treatments in life-threatening cases.

Each type of lab test for histoplasmosis has its limitations. Your doctor may suggest a combination approach to search for evidence of the disease in samples of:

  • Lung secretions
  • Blood or urine
  • Biopsied lung tissue
  • Bone marrow
Feb. 08, 2012