Fungus Other

Fungus Culture (Other)

Test Name:  

Fungus Culture (Other)

Alternate Name (s):  


Laboratory Module:  


Ordering Mnemonic:  


A further description of the site from where the specimen was collected should then be entered. For instance:

SPU- Sputum expectorated

ETT- Endotracheal Tube

FNAIL- Fingernail

The F9 lookup key will give a list of possible sources.

Use the free text comment section  to define the exact location of where the specimen was obtained from for a more accurate processing of the specimen.


Specimen Type:   

Investigation for systemic fungus:
Respiratory samples such as sputum, tracheal aspirate, or bronchoscopy samples.
For all other yeast or fungus, use the Blood Culture collection method with BacT/Alert bottles, see blood cultures for more information.

Investigation for Yeast:
Ears, eyes, respiratory samples (e.g. sputum, tracheal aspirate, lung biopsy or bronchoscopy samples), skin, throat, urine and vaginal samples may be collected.

Investigation for dermatophytes (ringworm or tinea):
Hair, nails or skin samples are appropriate.

Collection Container:  

Sterile Container or Fungal Collection Kit

Container Information
Sterile Container


Container Information
Fungus Collection KitFungus Collection Kit

Collection Information:  

Respiratory samples: Sputum, tracheal aspirate or bronchoscopy samples should be collected directly into a sterile container or may be submitted within the endotracheal aspirate tube.

Hair - Select broken or scaly hair that is most likely to be infected. If possible, choose hair that fluoresces when exposed to a Wood's lamp. Pluck at least 10 hairs out by the roots and send root portion for culture.

Nails - Clean with 70% alcohol. Scrape deeply enough to obtain recently invaded tissue. Initial scrapings should be discarded as they are often contaminated. Whole pieces of nail may be submitted.

Skin - Clean area with 70% alcohol. Scrape the active peripheral edge of the lesion with a scalpel to obtain flakes of skin.

Note: Hair, nails and skin should be transported in black paper envelopes available from the Microbiology Lab.


Test Schedule:  


Turnaround Time:  


Preliminary: 1 to5 weeks

Final: 1 to 5 weeks

Stat / Urgent

Preliminary: 1 to 5 weeks

Final: 1 to 5 weeks

Reference Interval:  


Critical Values:  

As growth is detected and identified the information is made available to the health care provider.

Lab Process Notes :  


Storage & Transport:  

Viability may decrease with prolonged storage so transport as soon as possible. The specimen should then be refrigerated.

Test Referred to :   

Public Health Laboratories, Hamilton

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