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.
Abscess, Fungus Culture
Culture, Wound, Fungus
Exudate, Fungus Culture
Wound Culture, Fungus
Pus, Fungus Culture
Nocardia Culture, Wound
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Establish the presence of filamentous fungi, dimorphic pathogens, Candida species 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.
Please contact the laboratory at 936-6877 for smear only or culture only requests. Collect fluids or tissue: use sterile container. Other sites; send Eswabs. For fluids, prepare sterile aspiration site. To isolate yeast send Eswab. To isolate other fungi send fluid or other tissue. If Histoplasma or other fungal species is suspected, indicate on requisition. Specify source current antibiotic therapy and clinical diagnosis. Rejection criteria: specimen was refrigerated (refrigeration inhibits growth of Histoplasma). For optimum recovery, send directly to the Microbiology Laboratory. If Histoplasma isolation is desired, keep specimen at room temperature and send to Microbiology within 4 hours of specimen collection.
To isolate yeast, send 2 Eswabs available from MLabs. To isolate other fungi, send fluids or tissue in sterile container. 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 to Microbiology within 4 hrs of specimen collection. If Histoplasma or other fungal species is suspected, indicate on requisition. Indicate specimen source, collection date/time, current antibiotic therapy, and clinical diagnosis. If an unacceptable specimen is received, the client will be notified and another specimen will be requested before disposal of the original specimen.