Days Set Up
Analytic Time

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.

Soft Order Code

Test Updated:


Cornea, Fungus Culture
Culture, Conjunctiva, Fungus
Eye, Fungus Culture
Conjunctiva Culture, Fungus
Nocardia Culture, Conjunctiva

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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

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.

Normal Volume
1 swab for isolation of yeast ONLY; or any scrapings, or washings for other fungal agents.
Minimum Volume
1 swab for isolation of yeast ONLY; or any scrapings, or washings for other fungal agents.

Billing Information

CPT Code
87102 Isolation, 87106 Identification, 87205 Smear
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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.