Establish the presence of filamentous fungi, dimorphic pathogens, Candida species and aerobic actinomycetes.
No fungi or aerobic actinomycete isolated.
A single negative culture does not rule out the presence of fungal infection. Decreased recovery of filamentous fungi from specimens received on swabs.
Preliminary results on all cultures are reported in 12-24 hours. The health care provider will be notified of cultures positive with systemic pathogens. Negative cultures will be reported after 4 weeks.
- Cornea, Fungus Culture
- Culture, Conjunctiva, Fungus
- Eye, Fungus Culture
- Conjunctiva Culture, Fungus
- Nocardia Culture, Conjunctiva
- FUNGUS CULTURE/SMEAR
Avoid contamination with skin flora. Collect swab of conjunctiva using an ESwab (preferred) or a sterile swab wetted with sterile saline and placed in a cup. Inoculate scraping of corneal ulcer, or washing of lacrimal duct onto a SAB plate, also inoculate a sterile glass slide for a direct smear. Avoid contamination with skin flora. Do not incubate. For optimum recovery, send directly to MLabs. If specimen must be stored, refrigerate immediately after specimen collection. May be refrigerated up to 24 hrs. Specify fungal species suspected. Indicate specimen source, collection date/time, current antibiotic or antifungal therapy and clinical diagnosis on requisition. 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.