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Yeast Only, Culture

Test ID: 


CPT code:



Blood Culture, Fungus
Culture, Fungus (Mycology)
Fungus Culture, Blood

Clinical Use:

Blood: Isolate and identify yeast; establish the diagnosis of fungemia, fungal endocarditis, and disseminated mycosis in patients at risk for fungal infections

Specimen Type:

Aspirate, biopsy, blood, body fluid, nails, skin, sputum, stool, swab of conjunctiva, throat, urine, vaginal

Requested Volume: 

2 mL or 1 cm³ tissue, 10 mL blood, whole nails, 50 mL body fluid (5 mL CSF), 5 mL aspirates or sputum; skin scrapings may be submitted on Mycosel media

Container Type: 

Sterile container for fluid or tissue, or green-top (heparin) tube, blood culture bottle, or swab

Patient Preparation: 

Usual sterile preparation


Biopsy: Surgical specimen in sterile container. Sterile nonbacteriostatic water may be used to prevent drying. Body fluid, aspirates: Aspirated material in sterile container.

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

Stool: Random sample in sterile container.

Swabs of throat, nose, nasopharynx, ear: Swab affected area or visible lesion.

Urine: Clean catch midstream sample in sterile container.

Wound: Aspirate of purulent material or fluid; scraping of lesion border, or swab (least preferred) in sterile container. Swabs cannot be split for other tests.

Avoid contamination of the specimen with commensal organism as much as possible. Specify the source of the specimen and include any pertinent clinical information. Cultures are incubated one week before a final report is issued.

Storage Instructions:

Maintain specimen at room temperature.



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