Days Set Up
Analytic Time

Preliminary results on all cultures are reported in 18-48 hours. Negative cultures will be reported after 2 weeks.

MiChart Code
Dermatophyte Culture
Soft Order Code

Test Updated:


Culture, Dermatophyte
Culture, Skin, Fungus
Dermatophyte Screen
Dermatophyte, Fungus Culture
Fungus Culture, Dermatophyte
Fungus Culture, Hair
Fungus Culture, Nail
Fungus Culture, Skin
Hair, Fungus Culture
Nail, Fungus Culture
Nails, Fungus Culture

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Test Overview

Test Methodology


Test Usage

Establish the presence of dermatophytes.

Reference Range

No fungi isolated

* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.

Specimen Requirements

Collection Offsite

HAIR: Using sterile forceps, pluck fluorescent hairs or non-fluorescent hairs which are broken off and appear diseased with sterile forceps. If diseased hair stubs are not apparent, scrape the edges of the scalp lesion with a sterile scalpel. SKIN: Cleanse skin lesions with 70% alcohol to reduce bacterial and saprophytic fungi. Scrape from the outer edges of skin lesions. NAILS: Scrape out the friable material beneath the edge of the nails, or scrape or clip off portions of abnormal appearing nails. Place specimen in a sterile container, tube or envelope; do not add saline or any other fluid to the container. Alternatively, plant tissue scrapings, hair, or nail pieces on mycosel agar slant. Store and transport specimen at room temperature; do not refrigerate or incubate. Indicate specimen source, collection date/time, current antibiotic or antifungal therapy, and clinical diagnosis. If an unacceptable specimen is received, the client will be notified and another specimen will be requested before disposal of the original specimen.

100ml Plastic Specimen Container
Normal Volume
As much as possible. Do not send swabs.
Minimum Volume
As much as possible. Do not send swabs.

Billing Information

CPT Code
87101 Culture, 87720 KOH Prep, 87107 Organism ID
Pro Fee Code

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Quality that sets us apart

As the reference laboratory division of Michigan Medicine's Department of Pathology, MLabs shares the institution's commitment to applying established quality principles to clinical laboratory testing. Like other large organizations in complex, consequential fields, we rely on an established approach to monitor quality throughout the testing process.