Fungal Culture
Ordering Recommendation
Positive cultures are reported as soon as detected
Preliminary negative within 3 weeks
Final negative within 5 weeks  
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
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Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Material or fluid from any body site, except  blood, hair, nails, or skin.  
Specimen Preparation
Transport specimen in a sterile container. (Min: 1 mL fluid) Also acceptable: Swabs (but sub-optimal for recovery of fungi). A single specimen may be cultured for both bacteria and fungi. Place each specimen in an individually sealed bag.  
Storage/Transport Temperature
Specimens from a sterile body site (fluids, tissues, etc.): Room temperature.
Specimens from a nonsterile site (respiratory, GI tract, etc.):
If CSF cannot be transported within eight hours, hold at 35°C until the time of transport.  
Unacceptable Conditions
Catheter tips.  
Specimen source required. Notify laboratory if Malassezia furfur is suspected, special media must be used for the cultivation of this yeast.  
Ambient: CSF: 48 hours, All others: 72 hours; Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: Unacceptable  
Reference Interval
Culture negative for fungus.  
Interpretive Data
If Histoplasma, Coccidioides, or Blastomyces is the presumptive diagnosis, a DNA probe will be added for confirmation at an additional charge per probe.

Identification performed on mold isolates. Limited yeast identification performed from non-sterile sites. Identification of molds and/or yeasts on positives is billed separately from culture.

Fungal smear must be ordered separately. Refer to Fungal Stain, KOH with Calcofluor White (ARUP test code 2004589).

Order test according to source type:
Blood/Bone Marrow: Blood Culture, Fungal (ARUP test code 0060070)
Skin, hair, and nails: Fungal Culture, Skin, Hair or Nails (ARUP test code 0060728)
CPT Code(s)
87102; Identification CPT codes may vary based on method 
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
0060149Culture, Fungal580-1
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  • Culture, Fungus
  • Fungal Culture, Routine
  • mold
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  • mould
  • Skin Culture
  • Yeast
  • Yeast Culture