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Culture- Fungal, General


Name Method Department Units
Fungal Culture, Miscellaneous Standard fungal culture media and techniques
CMI, Microbiology

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Culture, Fungal Stain, Culture, General (Fungal)

Specimen Requirements

Aspirate, Body fluid, Genital specimen, Rectal swab, Respiratory tract specimen, Tissue (Fresh), Urine, Wound, exudate, external ear or eye specimens

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume

Sterile container


Dual culture swab system


Room temperature - 24 hour(s)
Refrigerated - 24 hour(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Transport to laboratory as soon as possible
  • Do not freeze

Reasons for Rejection

  • Not received within specified time frame
  • Not received at proper temperature
  • Wrong type of specimen
  • Urine submitted on a swab


Tissue is preferred for recovery of fungus from deep seated infections. Send tissue sample in sterile container with a small amount of non-bacteriostatic saline to prevent drying of the sample. Swab collections are NOT recommended.

This test is not for culture of skin or nails scrapings, hair shaft, or scalps. Order Fungal Dermatophyte culture (FDC, CPT 87102) for these specimen types.Includes direct fungal smear (KOHP) when appropriate.

CPT Code

  • 87102
  • 87206