Gold standard test to diagnose fungi as agent of infection.
Preliminary negative within 3 weeks
Final negative within 5 weeks
- Patient Preparation
- Material or fluid from any body site, except blood.
- Specimen Preparation
- Fluids: Transport 3 mL fluid in a sterile container. (Min: 1 mL). Material: Transfer to sterile container.
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. If CSF cannot be transported within eight hours, hold at 35C until the time of transport.
Cutaneous specimens (skin, hair, nails): Room temperature
Specimens from other non-sterile site (respiratory, GI tract, etc.): Refrigerated.
- Unacceptable Conditions
- Blood, Catheter tips.
- Additional information required: Specimen source. Notify laboratory if Malassezia furfur is suspected, special media must be used for the cultivation of this yeast.
- CSF: Ambient 48 hours; Refrigerated 1 week; Frozen Unacceptable
Hair or Skin or Nail Scrapings: Ambient: 2 weeks; Refrigerated: Unacceptable Frozen: Unacceptable
All others: Ambient: 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)
|Component Test Code*||Component Chart Name||LOINC|
- Culture, Fungus
- Dermatophyte Culture
- Fungal Culture, Routine
- Mold Culture
- Skin Culture
- Trichophyton Culture
- Yeast Culture