Diagnostic Test Directory

Microbiology Laboratory

Fungal Culture

  • LIS Mnemonic: CFU

    Collect

    ACCEPTABLE SPECIMENS INCLUDE: tissue, pus or deep wound material, sinus aspirate, small bowel aspirate, dialysis fluid, sputum, tracheal aspirate, bronchoscopic bronchoalveolar lavage, non-bronchoscopic BAL, penis, urethral, vaginal, cervical, oral, urine. All specimens must be collected in a sterile, leak-proof container or syringe OR via double swab culture set.

    Tissues should be sent in a sterile, leak-proof container wrapped in moist, sterile gauze.

    Volume Required

    1-2 mL of fluid; 1 double swab culture set

    Minimum Required

    1 mL of fluid; 1 double swab culture set

    Transport

    Send to the lab immediately at room temperature

    Stability

    Autopsy, biopsy, tissue, and fluid specimens must be received in the lab within 30 minutes of collection. Swab specimens are stable up to 2 hours after collection.

    Unacceptable conditions

    Specimens should not be refrigerated.

Days Performed

Daily

Reported

Negative cultures finalized at 4 weeks

CPT

87102

Methodology

Culture