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Test Code LAB242 Fungal Culture, Blood

Important Note

Obtain container from Laboratory.

When ordering multiple blood culture tests, in any system, please place the collect times at 1 minute apart.

Test Name Alias

Culture Fungus Blood | 8850

Clinical Information

Extended incubation after 28 days by special request (i.e. Histoplasmosis)

Collection Instructions

Specimen Collection: Whole blood or bone marrow

Container(s): BACTEC MycoF Vial (preferred) or Green top (Sodium Heparin)

Preferred Volume to Collect: 5 mL

Minimum Volume to Collect: 3 mL

Neonate Minimum Volume: 1.0 mL per year of life

Collection Instructions:

  • Patient's full name, date and time of collection are required.
  • For detailed collection instructions: Collection Guide (also found in the Collection & Handling section on the left) or Policytech reference #9953
  • Disinfect venipuncture site and allow to air dry.
  • Label bottles with patient’s full name, date and time of collection, draw site, and volume in the patient’s presence.
  • Transport the bottles to the laboratory as soon as possible.

Specimen Stability

Ambient: 8 hours

Test Frequency

Available daily, TAT 28 days.

Reference Range

No fungus isolated

Performing Department


Performing Department Laboratory Location

Spectrum Health Regional Laboratory, Grand Rapids, MI





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Additional Information

PolicyTech Procedure Reference #9953

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