Ordering Recommendation

Identify fungi from culture.

Mnemonic
MC FUNGID
Methodology

Identification. Methods may include biochemical, mass spectrometry, or sequencing.

Performed

Sun-Sat

Reported

Varies

New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Collect

Actively growing mold or yeast in pure culture.

Specimen Preparation

Transport sealed container with pure culture on agar slant. Place each specimen in an individually sealed bag.

Storage/Transport Temperature

Room temperature. If culture is suspected of being a microorganism identified on the IATA list as an infectious substance affecting humans, submit specimen according to Infectious Substance, Category A, shipping guidelines.

Unacceptable Conditions

Mixed cultures or non-viable organisms. Isolates from environmental sources. Agar plate.

Remarks

Specimen source preferred.

Stability

Ambient: 4 weeks; Refrigerated: 4 weeks; Frozen: Unacceptable

Reference Interval
Interpretive Data



Compliance Category

Depends on Specimen/Source/Method

Note

An additional processing fee will be billed for all organisms submitted for identification that are not in pure culture, as indicated in specimen requirements. Identification of referred isolates is performed and billed by the extent of tests required for identification. When the specimen submitted contains both mold and yeast, both will be identified.

Differentiation between Candida albicans and Candida dubliniensis is performed based on a specimen source and when susceptibility testing is requested.

Organisms submitted for identification are kept for 7 days; if organism fails to grow, the client will be contacted. All original submissions are held until identification is completed or the test is cancelled.

Requests to rule out Penicillium marneffei will be sent to another referral lab for identification.

Identification required              Test
Histoplasma capsulatum:        Histoplasma capsulatum Identification by DNA Probe (ARUP test code 0062226)
Coccidioides immitis:              Coccidioides immitis Identification by DNA Probe (ARUP test code 0062225)
Blastomyces dermatitidis:       Blastomyces dermatitidis Identification by DNA Probe (ARUP test code 0062224)
ITS rDNA sequencing only:   Fungal Identification by ITS rDNA Sequencing (ARUP test code 0060756)

Hotline History
N/A
CPT Codes

Varies based on identification methods

Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0060163 Fungal (Mold/Yeast) Identification 15378-3
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Aliases
  • Blastomyces dermatitidis Identification
  • Coccidioides immitis Identification
  • Culture Referred for Identification, Fungus
  • Fungal Identification
  • Histoplasma capsulatum Identification
  • Identification, Mould
  • mold
  • Organism Identification, Mold
  • Yeast
Fungal (Mold/Yeast) Identification