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MYCOLOGY CULTURE, SKIN, HAIR, AND NAILS

Item Value
Available Stat? No
Test code FCX
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. Since hair, skin, and nail specimens commonly contain contaminating saprophytic fungi and bacteria, they are also plated on media containing cycloheximide and chloramphenicol (Mycobiotic or Mycosel) in order to recover the slower growing dermatophytes.
Container type sterile, screw-capped container
Collection Instructions 1. Skin: Clean the site with 70% ethanol and allow the alcohol to evaporate. Collect skin scrapings from the outer margin of the lesion in a sterile, screw-cap container.

2. Nails: Clean the site with 70% ethanol and allow the alcohol to evaporate. Collect nail scrapings from soft keratin beneath the nail plate and from the underside of the nail and place in a sterile, screw-cap container.

3. Hair: Use a Wood's Lamp (filtered ultraviolet) to find fluorescent hairs to be plucked or scrape scalp and send segments of hairs near the scalp from affected area. Place in a sterile, screw-cap container.
Sample type Hair, skin, nails
Special instructions Note: Several samples should be cultured, because viable hyphae are not always present.
Synonyms Fungus Culture, Skin, Hair, and Nails;
Stability Hold at room temperature until delivery to the Microbiology Laboratory (2M33). Do Not Refrigerate.
References 1. Isenberg, HD (ed), Clinical Microbiology Procedures Handbook, Vol. 1, ASM Press, Washington DC, 1992.

2. Sutton, DA. Specimen Collection, Transport and Processing: Mycology, in PR Murray (ed) Manual of Clinical Microbiology, 8th ed. ASM Press, Washington, DC, 2003.
Last Updated 1/16/2009 12:29:10 PM
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