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Test ID: FGEN    
Fungal Culture, Routine

Testing Algorithm Delineates situations when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

When this test is ordered, the reflex tests may be performed and charged.

 

See Meningitis/Encephalitis Panel Algorithm in Special Instructions.

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing

Varies

Ordering Guidance

Nocardia and the other aerobic actinomycetes are not fungi and a fungal culture should not be ordered. These organisms grow well on mycobacterial medium and, therefore, when infection with this group of organisms is suspected, order CTB / Mycobacteria and Nocardia Culture.

Shipping Instructions

Specimen should arrive within 24 hours of collection.

Necessary Information

Specimen source is required.

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing

Specimen Type: Body fluid

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: Entire collection

 

Specimen Type: Bone marrow

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: Entire collection

 

Specimen Type: Fresh tissue

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: Pea sized

Collection Instructions: Tissue should be placed in small amount of sterile saline or sterile water.

 

Specimen Type: Respiratory specimen

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: Entire collection

 

Specimen Type: Swab

Fresh tissue or body fluid is the preferred specimen type instead of a swab specimen.

Sources: Dermal, ear, mouth, ocular, throat, or wound

Container/Tube: Culture transport swab (noncharcoal) Culturette

Specimen Volume: Swab

Collection Instructions:

1. Before collecting specimen, wipe away any excessive amount of secretion and discharge, if appropriate.

2. Obtain secretions or fluid from source with sterile swab.

3. If smear and culture are requested or both a bacterial culture and fungal culture are requested, collect a second swab to maximize test sensitivity.

 

Specimen Type: Urine

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: 2 mL

Collection Instructions: Collect a random urine specimen.

Special Instructions Library of PDFs including pertinent information and forms related to the test

Forms

If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Microbiology Test Request (T244) with the specimen.

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Testing Laboratory

Bone Marrow or Body Fluid: 1 mL
Respiratory Specimen: 1.5 mL
Tissue: pea-sized piece

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Other Blood or fixed tissue; specimen in viral transport (including but not limited to M4, M5, BD viral transport media, thioglycolate broth), nasal swab, wood shaft or charcoal swab, catheter tips, petri dish, stool
 

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the performing laboratory, alternate acceptable temperatures are also included

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
VariesRefrigerated (preferred)7 days
 Ambient 7 days