KOH Skin, Hair or Nails, Range

Abbrev Code:KOHSP   
Order Code:LAB3578Order Name:KOH Skin Hair or Nails
Synonyms:Fungal; Skin Scraping; Fungus; Fungi; Dermatophyte; KOHSP
Methodology:Direct examination after 20% KOH hydrolysis of protein debris and cells.
CPT Codes: 87220 x1
Test Includes:Direct examination of specimen for fungal elements.
Turnaround Time:Performed 24 hours/day.
Special Instructions:The same specimen may be submitted for bacterial and fungal culture and KOH wet mount.

Collection Instructions

Specimen:Hair, skin, nails. See KOH listing for other sources.
Optimal Volume:Visible material
Container:Culturette swab
Alternate Containers: Plastic leakproof container, sterile
Collection Instructions:Refer to directions for collection of Fungus Culture.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Store at room temperature.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at room temperature. Must arrive within 24 hours.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Microbiology  (Range)


Reference Range:No fungal elements seen.
Use:Determine presence of fungi in skin, nails or hair.

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