Fungus Skin, Hair, Nails Culture

Sunquest Code:FSKC  
Epic Code:LAB3074Epic Name:Fungus Skin Hair Nail Culture
Synonyms:Dermatophyte Culture; Fungal Culture; FSKC
Test Includes:Culture for yeast and filamentous fungi. KOHSP preparation is available upon request.
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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IDDL (Microbiology/Virology) Collection Container Guidelines

Collection Instructions

Specimen:Skin, Hair, Nails
Container:Plastic leakproof container, sterile
Collection Instructions:


·          Skin: Cleanse with 70% alcohol. Scrape off skin at active border lesion; include some healthy skin. Place in sterile container.

·          Nails: Cleanse with 70% alcohol. Using sterile scalpel blade, scrape surface. Discard initial portion. Send deeper scrapings for culture in sterile container.

·          Hair: Send strands/clippings in sterile container.


Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Store at room temperature.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at room temperature.
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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