Laboratory Test Information Guide

Details for Cryptococcus Culture

Test Name: Cryptococcus Culture
Alternate Name(s):  
Laboratory: Microbiology (VH)
Specimen Type: Body Fluids
Blood
Bone Marrow
CSF
Respiratory (bronchial wash, sputum, tracheal aspirate)
Tissue/Biopsy Material
Urine
Wound Material (skin scrapings, subcutaneous lesions and abscesses, exudates)
Collection Information: Body Fluids - Clean the puncture site, disinfect and allow to dry. Aspirate fluid or purulent material with needle/syringe. Place in a sterile container.

Blood - Collect sample in blood culture set. See test "Blood Culture - Aerobic/Anaerobic" regarding collection.

Bone Marrow - Collect sample in blood culture set. See test "Blood Culture - Aerobic/Anaerobic" for instructions regarding this collection.

CSF- Submit 2 mL in a sterile container.

Respiratory:
Sputum - Have the patient rinse mouth and gargle with water. Instruct the patient not to expectorate saliva or postnasal discharge. Collect an early morning specimen from a deep productive cough. Select blood-stained or purulent portion and send in a sterile container.
Bronchial Wash - Submit 5 mL in a sterile container.
Tracheal aspiration - Collect as much as possible and send in a sterile container.

Tissue/Biopsy - Place in a sterile container. Add a small amount of saline to keep moist during transit.

Urine - Collect an early morning sample in a sterile container.

Wound Material (skin scrapings, subcutaneous lesions, abscesses and exudates) - Express pus or aspirate material aseptically from cysts or abscesses. Scrape crusted portions from deep centre and edge of active lesions. Place in a sterile container and add a small amount of saline to keep specimen moist during transit.
Requisition: MICROBIOLOGY REQUISITION
Test Schedule: Daily
Turnaround time from when specimen
is received in testing laboratory:
 
Routine
Blood & Urine Specimens: 10 days
Other Specimens: 4 weeks
Stat
 
 
Reference Range:  
Effective Date:  
Revised Date: 2011-05-01
Critical Value:  
Interpretive Comments:  
Special Processing:  
Comments: Clinical history is important for adequate testing.
Method of Analysis: Microscopy, culture
Critical Information Required:  
Storage & Shipment: CSF and blood must be stored at room temperature. The other specimens must be refrigerated. The specimen must be received within 24 hours of collection.
System Codes: 
Cerner
FUNG
 
Referred To:  

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