Fungal Culture, Other

Last Modified: 10/21/2020 2:03:48 PM

Medical Necessity Documentation:  
Client Notes:  
Patient Preparation:  
Specimen Requirements:

Tissue in a Sterile Grey Capped Container 
Sputum in a Sputum Collection Kit
> 5.0 mL of Fluid in a Sterile Grey Capped Container 
2.0 mL CSF
Skin Scrapings (prefer peripheral edge of a lesion)  in a Sterile Grey Capped Container 
In cases of suspected oral candidiasis, a tongue depressor may be used to scrape the surface of the tongue. The entire tongue depressor may then be sent to the lab in a Sterile Grey Capped Container 

Collection Instructions:

Please indicate any prior antibiotic therapy or antifungal therapy 

Order must include the site and/or source of collection 

A sterile gauze moistened with sterile water or saline may be included in the container to deter desiccation.

Minimum Volume: 1.0 mL CSF
Transport & Storage: Temperature/Stability: 2 hours Ambient
24 hours Refrigerated
Rejection Criteria: Swabs are generally not recommended. Certain sites, such as vaginal or throat, may require specimens to be collected on aerobic swabs for yeast culture only.
Reference Range:

No Growth

Critical Ranges:  
Test Comments:
Specimens are inoculated onto artificial growth media and incubated sufficient time to allow growth of the suspected microbe. Media type, incubation conditions and period of incubation may vary with the type of microorganism suspected.

Appropriate identification and determination of organism susceptibility to yeast, if requested. Susceptibility testing is sent to reference laboratory to be performed.
Preliminary negative results are reported weekly
Methodology: Manual
Clinical Significance:  
Custom Panel: No


Turn Around Time: Positive Immediately / Final Negative 4 weeks
Days Performed: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Sites Performed: Parkview Regional Medical Center
PHL Test Code: CXFUN
EPIC Test Code: LAB240
Alternate Test Names: Culture, Fungal Other; Fungus Culture Other
Included Tests: Fungal Smear
CPT Coding: 87102, 87206 (Reflexes 87106, 87107)

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