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:


Bronchial Wash, Fungus Culture
Bronchoalveolar Lavage, Fungus Culture
Culture, Bronchus, Fungus
Bronchus Culture, Fungus
Induced Sputum, Fungus Culture
Leukens, Fungus Culture
Tracheal, Fungus Culture
Nocardia Culture, Bronchus

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Test Overview

Test Methodology


Test Usage

Establish the presence of filamentous fungi, dimorphic pathogens 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 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.

100ml Plastic Specimen Container
Normal Volume
0.5 - 10 ml or as much as possible.
Minimum Volume
0.5 - 10 ml or as much as possible.

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.