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Dermatophyte Culture

Test ID: 


CPT code:

87101- Additional charges/CPT code(s) may apply as not all microbiology procedures can be determined before the culture is performed.

Specimen Type:

Hair, skin, or nail cuttings or scrapings

Container Type: 

Glassine envelope (preferred) or sterile container


Hair: Epilate 10 to 12 hairs. Specify the source of the specimen and include any pertinent clinical information. Cultures are incubated up to three weeks before a final report is issued.

• Skin and nails: Cleanse the area with 70% alcohol prior to specimen collection. Nail scrapings should be from a subsurface portion of the infected nail. Skin should be taken from the active border of the lesion.

Storage Instructions:

Maintain specimen at room temperature

Rejection Criteria

Unlabeled specimen or name discrepancy between specimen and request label; inappropriate transport device; specimen received after prolonged delay (usually more than 72 hours); specimen received frozen

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