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MYCOLOGY CULTURE, ABSCESS, WOUND

Item Value
Available Stat? No
Test code FC
Performed by? Microbiology (Mycology)
Sendout? no
Price range $$
In House Availability Mon. - Fri., day shift
Principle Specimens are plated on media that support the growth of fungi. Negative cultures are reported after 4 weeks. Positive results are reported when fungi are recovered.
Container type sterile, screw-capped tube or container
Collection Instructions Using a sterile needle and syringe, aspirate material from undrained abscesses. Place the material into a sterile, screw-cap container.
Sample type abscess, wound
Special instructions Collection of specimens on swabs is discouraged for mycology cultures. Swabs of material from open wounds or draining lesions are frequently contaminated with environmental microorganisms, including fungi. If swabs must be used, send in a sterile, screw-cap tube with 2-3 drops of sterile saline or place swabs in transport medium.
Synonyms Abscess Culture;Fungus Culture, Abscess,Wound;
Stability Deliver to the Microbiology Laboratory (2M33) as soon as possible or hold at 4°C if delivery is delayed.
References Isenberg, HD (ed), Clinical Microbiology Procedures Handbook, Vol. 1, ASM Press, Washington DC, 1992.
CPT coding 87102
Last Updated 1/16/2009 12:22:01 PM
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