Does not include ANTIFUNGAL SENSITIVITY.
CSF: 2 mL (1 mL min.) in a Red Top (No Additive) tube or sterile screw capped vial. Do not use SST gel barrier tubes. Ship refrigerated. Bone Marrow: 2 mL (0. 5 mL min.) Bone marrow in 1 Green Top (Sodium Heparin) tube. Ship refrigerated. Pus/Body fluids (Pleural/ Pericardial/ Ascitic/ Synovial/ Ocular/ Bronchial washings/BAL). Aspirates /Semen/ Stool: Submit as much as possible (1 mL/1g min.) in sterile screw capped container. Ship refrigerated. Endometrial curettings/Tissue: Submit in sterile normal saline in a sterile screw capped container. Ship refrigerated. Swabs: Submit swabs in 1 mL sterile normal saline in sterile screw capped container. Ship refrigerated. Sputum/Urine: Submit 2 Spot (random) morning samples, 5–10 mL (1 mL min.) sputum/10 mL (5 mL min.) urine in sterile screw capped container. Ship refrigerated. Skin: Submit 2–3 mm scrapings from periphery of active skin lesion in sterile container or between 2 sterile glass slides. Wrap slides in black paper. Ship refrigerated. Hair: Submit plucked 10–12 infected, lustreless hair including root in a sterile container. Ship refrigerated. Nail: Submit clippings and powdery material from friable and discolored region of affected nail. Ship refrigerated.
Conventional Fungus Culture and Rapid Culture for Yeast.
Sample Daily by 1 pm
Report after 10 days. Skin hair and Nail report after 1 month
Contact lab within 10 days of release of result if Antifungal drug sensitivity is required.