Days Set Up
Analytic Time

Preliminary results are reported in 12-24 hours. The health care provider will be notified of positive cultures. Negative cultures are reported after 4 weeks.

Soft Order Code

Test Updated:


Ascitic Fluid, Fungus Culture
Culture, Body Fluid, Fungus
Body Fluid Culture, Fungus
Pericardial Fluid, Fungus Culture
Peritoneal Fluid, Fungus Culture
Pleural Fluid, Fungus Culture
Synovial Fluid, Fungus Culture
Thoracentesis Fluid, Fungus Culture
Nocardia Culture, Body Fluid

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Test Overview

Test Methodology


Test Usage

Establish the presence of filamentous fungi, dimorphic pathogens, Candida species and aerobic actinomycetes.

Reference Range

No fungi or aerobic actinomycete isolated.

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

Specimen Requirements

Collection Offsite

Collect body fluid, pleural fluid, peritoneal fluid, pericardial fluid, synovial fluid, ascitic fluid, or thoracentesis fluid in a sterile container. Do not refrigerate or incubate. For optimum recovery, send directly to MLabs. If Histoplasma isolation is desired, keep specimen at room temperature and send to MLabs within 4 hrs of specimen collection. If specimen must be stored and Histoplasma isolation is not desired, refrigerate immediately after specimen collection. May be refrigerated up to 24 hrs. Specimen Collection: Cleanse area with soap solution, remove soap with 70% ethanol. Apply 1% tincture of iodine. Iodine must remain on skin 2-4 minutes for maximum effectiveness. Remove with 70% alcohol. If patient is allergic to iodine, alcohol alone can be used. DO NOT TOUCH prepared skin during collection of specimen.

100ml Plastic Specimen Container
Normal Volume
0.5-50 ml fluid; DO NOT SEND SWABS
Minimum Volume
0.5-50 ml fluid; DO NOT SEND SWABS

Billing Information

CPT Code
87102 Isolation, 87106 Identification, 87205 Smear
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.