Ordering Recommendation

Gold standard test to diagnose fungi as agent of infection.








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.

Specimen Required

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

Reference Interval

Culture negative for fungus.

Interpretive Data

Compliance Category



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)

Hotline History


CPT Codes



Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0060149 Culture, Fungal 580-1
* Component test codes cannot be used to order tests. The information provided here is not sufficient for interface builds; for a complete test mix, please click the sidebar link to access the Interface Map.


  • Culture, Fungus
  • Dermatophyte Culture
  • Fungal Culture, Routine
  • mold
  • Mold Culture
  • mould
  • Skin Culture
  • Trichophyton Culture
  • Yeast
  • Yeast Culture
Fungal Culture