Preliminary negative within 3 weeks
Final negative within 5 weeks
- 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.): Refrigerated.
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
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)
|Component Test Code*||Component Chart Name|
- Culture, Fungus
- Fungal Culture, Routine
- Mold Culture
- Skin Culture
- Yeast Culture