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1,3 Beta D Glucan (Fungitell)


Name Method Department Units
(1,3)-Beta-D-Glucan (Fungitell) Semi-Quantitative Colorimetry
Send Out pg/mL

Specimen Requirements

Serum Spun

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume

Red tube, (no anticoagulant), No Gel

3 mL 2 mL

Gold tube, (SST) with Gel

3.5 mL 2 mL

Frozen - 2 week(s)
Refrigerated - 2 week(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Centrifuge within 2 hours, separate supernatant and refrigerate

Reasons for Rejection

  • Hemolyzed specimen
  • Lipemic specimen
  • Icteric specimen


The Fungitell test is indicated for presumptive diagnosis of fungal infection. It should be used in conjunction with other diagnostic procedures. This test does not detect certain fungal species such as Cryptococcus, which produces very low levels of (1,3)-beta-D-glucan. This test also does not detect the zygomycetes, such as Absidia, Mucor, and Rhizopus, which are not known to produce (1,3)-beta-D-glucan. In addition, the yeast phase of Blastomyces dermatitidis produces little (1,3)-beta-D-glucan and may not be detected by the assay.

CPT Code

  • 87449