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Components Fungal Culture: reference Range Low: No Fungus Isolated.
Synonyms Culture, Fungus, Mould
Description Gold standard test to diagnose fungi as agent of infection.
Specimen Requirements 
Container Sterile plastic container (leakproof), syringe (without needle), CSF vial
Specimen Type Body fluids, tissue, exudates, CSF, hair, nails, skin scrapings, wounds.
Preferred Collection Volume Fluid 1 mL
Minimum Collection Volume Fluid 0.5 mL
Collection Instructions Material or fluid from any body site, other than blood. Nail, hair, or skin scrapings into sterile container. Source of specimen is required. Notify lab if Malassezia furfur is suspected.
Specimen Handling Transport all specimens from a sterile body site (fluids, tissues, etc.) (Min: 1 mL fluid) at 20 - 25C. Transport all specimens from a nonsterile site (respiratory, GI tract, etc.) at 2-8C. Place each specimen in a separate, individually sealed bag. Stability (collection to initiation of testing): ambient: 24 hrs; refrigerated: 1 week; frozen: unacceptable.
Rejection Criteria For blood specimens see Fungal Blood Culture.
Methodology Culture/Identification
Reference Range Culture negative for fungus.
CPT Code(s) 87102
Department Microbiology
Contact Information Phone: 214-633-4940
Turn Around TimePreliminary negative within 1 week. Final negative report within 4 weeks. Positive cultures are reported as soon as detected.
Performed Cultures setup daily. Preliminary reports issues twice a week.
Performed by Microbiology
Notes Fungal smear must be ordered separately. Refer to Fungal Smear. A single specimen may be cultured for both bacteria and fungi. If CSF cannot be transported within 5 hrs, hold CSF at 35C until time of transport. Identification performed on mould isolates. Limited yeast identification performed from non-sterile sites.
Updated/Reviewed 02/22/2018