Days Set Up
Analytic Time

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

Soft Order Code

Test Updated:


Candida, CSF
Cryptococcus, CSF
CSF, Fungus Culture
Culture, CSF, Fungus
Fungus Culture, Cerebrospinal Fluid
Spinal Fluid, Fungus Culture
Nocardia Culture, CSF

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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

Clinical neurological diagnosis must be noted on the requisition for processing. Please contact MLabs at 800-862-7284 to request smear only or culture for Histoplasma, Blastomyces, or Coccidioides. Fungal cultures are not routinely performed on cerebrospinal fluid due to the low probability of recovery of molds. CSF is the specimen of choice for detection of cryptococcal meningitis in adults and Candida meningitis in children. Cryptococcus antigen test will be performed when CSF is received for suspected cryptococcal meningitis. Candida species will grow on routine (aerobic) CSF culture. Collect specimen after sterile preparation of aspiration site. For optimum recovery, send immediately. 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. Indicate specimen source, collection date/time, current antibiotic 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
0.5 - 10 mL CSF
Minimum Volume
0.5 - 10 mL CSF

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.