Fungal Culture (Non-Blood, Non-Skin, Non-Hair, Non-Nails)

Sunquest Code:FUNG  
Epic Code:LAB240Epic Name:Fungus Culture
Synonyms:CX; Culture Fungal; Fungus
Test Includes:Culture for yeast and filamentous fungi. KOH preparation is available upon request on all specimen types except blood, bone marrow, CSF and urine.
Turnaround Time:Performed 24 hours/day; preliminary results are updated Mon-Fri. Negative finals are reported at 4 weeks.
Special Instructions:The same specimen may be submitted for bacterial and fungal culture, and KOH preparation. Indicate organism suspected or relevant clinical history on request form.
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Collection Instructions

Specimen:Respiratory sources, tissue, pus, granules, corneal scraping, CSF or other body fluids. Blood/bone marrow specimens, see Blood Culture, Yeast/Fungal. Hair/nails/skin specimens, see Fungal Culture, Skin. Genital sources/urine, see Yeast Culture, Nonblood.
Optimal Volume:Visible material or 1 mL other body fluids. Swabs should be submitted only when specimen cannot be obtained.
Container:Plastic leakproof container, sterile (Syringe, sterile, no needle)

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature.
Stability:Samples ae stable at room temperature or refrigerated.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory  (UMMC-East Bank)


Reference Range:No growth.
Use:Isolate and identify fungi in patients whose clinical situation places them at high risk for a fungal infection whether focal or disseminated.

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