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Test Code LAB240 Fungal Culture, Not Hair, Skin, or Nails, with Fungal Stain

Important Note

Fungal stain not included on cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) specimen

Test Name Alias

Culture Fungus(not hair,skin,nail) w/ Fungal Stain | 8898

Clinical Information

This test includes a fungal stain, except on CSF specimens.

Extended incubation after 21 days by special request (i.e. Histoplasmosis).

Specimen Requirements

Submit only one of the following specimens:

 

Specimen Type: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)
Container/Tube: Sterile container
Volume: 1.0 mL
Minimum volume: 0.5 mL
Collection Instructions: Indicate specimen type and source.

 

Specimen Type: Body Fluid
Container/Tube: Sterile container or ESwab
Collection Instructions: Indicate specimen type and source.

 

Specimen Type: Biopsy specimen
Container/Tube: Sterile container or ESwab
Collection Instructions: Indicate specimen type and source.

  1. Open the peel pouch and remove the contents. Aseptically unscrew and remove the cap from the ESwab.
  2. Place the tube in a secure position so as not to allow the liquid to leak out of the tube.

  3. Remove the swab. Collect the patient's sample using the swab. (If vaginal/rectal swab, collect a specimen from the vaginal area and then collect from the rectal area.)

  4. Insert the swab back into the tube of liquid, all the way to the bottom of the tube.

  5. Holding the swab shaft close to the rim of the tube, break the applicator shaft at the color breakpoint indication line.

  6. Screw the cap on tightly to prevent leakage. Discard the broken handle of the shaft into an approved medical waste disposal container.

  7. Write the patient's information (Name and Date of Birth) on the tube or apply a label with patient’s information. Indicate source.

  8. Send specimen to the Laboratory.

Specimen Type: Swab, Cervix/Vaginal Swab
Container/Tube: ESwab

Collection Instructions: Fungal culture with staining may be used to detect yeast from a genital swab not accepted for bacterial vaginosis Gram staining.

Special Instructions

The ESwab fluid maintains the viability of diverse bacteria. Do not send a dry ESwab as this will lead to unsatisfactory results. If the tube spills its contents prior to inserting the swab, the liquid is non-toxic. Simply put the swab into another tube before sending it to the laboratory and discard the spilled tube.

Specimen Stability

Ambient: Send to laboratory as soon as possible

Laboratory Retention: 7 days

Test Frequency

Available daily.

 

Extended incubation after 21 days by special request (i.e. Histoplasmosis)

Reference Range

No fungus isolated

Performing Department

Microbiology

Performing Department Laboratory Location

Spectrum Health Regional Laboratory (SHRL), Grand Rapids, MI
Spectrum Health Reed City Laboratory (SHRC), Reed City, MI

Methodology

Manual

CPT

87102

CDM Code

4048898

Interface Order Alias

50022

Mayo Access Code

SHO8898

Reviewed Date

03/20/2017