Establish the presence of filamentous fungi, dimorphic pathogens and aerobic actinomycetes.
No fungi or aerobic actinomycete isolated.
* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.
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.
- Bronchial Wash, Fungus Culture
- Bronchoalveolar Lavage, Fungus Culture
- Culture, Bronchus, Fungus
- Bronchus Culture, Fungus
- Induced Sputum, Fungus Culture
- Leukens, Fungus Culture
- Tracheal, Fungus Culture
- FUNGUS CULTURE/SMEAR
- Nocardia Culture, Bronchus
Collect specimen using standard bronchoscopy procedure. Acceptable specimen types include bronchial aspirate, bronchoalveolar lavage, tracheal aspirate, transtracheal aspirate, leukens, and induced sputum. Do not incubate. For optimum recovery, send directly to MLabs. If specimen must be stored and Histoplasma isolation is not desired, refrigerate immediately after specimen collection. May be refrigerated up to 24 hrs. If Histoplasma isolation is desired, keep specimen at room temperature and send within 4 hrs of specimen collection. Specify specimen source, collection date/time, current antibiotic or antifungal therapy, and clinical diagnosis. If an unacceptable specimen is received, the client will be notified before disposal of the original specimen.
Test includes culture and, if specimen is adequate, direct smear. Isolation of Histoplasma is suboptimal from specimens older than 4 hrs and is unlikely from specimens older than 8 hrs.