No fungal elements seen
Cultures are more sensitive than direct smears. Therefore, the fungus smear may be negative when the culture is positive. More accurate results are obtained with culture.
Preliminary results are reported in 12-24 hours. The health care provider will be notified of smears positive with possible systemic pathogens.
- Calcofluor Stain
- Cryptococcus Stain
- KOH Preparation
- PAS Smear
- FUNGUS SMEAR ONLY
Collect specimen according to instructions for culture of specific site. Order culture and smear if specimen is adequate, order smear only if specimen is insufficient for both or culture has already been sent. Do not refrigerate or incubate. Indicate specimen source, collection date/time, current antibiotic therapy and clinical diagnosis. If unacceptable specimen is received, the client will be called and another specimen will be requested before disposal of the original specimen.
Test includes Calcofluor stained smear for all specimens and KOH preparation for hair, skin or nails. Please note that the KOH preparation is used only for the detection of fungal elements from hair, skin or nails.