Laboratory Test Information Guide

Details for Fungus Culture-Systemic or Subcutaneous

Test Name: Fungus Culture-Systemic or Subcutaneous
Alternate Name(s): Candida
Laboratory: Microbiology (VH)
Specimen Type: -Blood


-Body fluids such as peritoneal, pleural, synovial or fluid

Material from abscess, drainage, exudate or pus

-Respiratory samples such as sputum, tracheal aspirate or bronchoscopy samples

-Swabs from ears, eyes, mouth, throat, vagina

-Tissue or biopsy samples

Collection Information: Blood:
Use the blood culture collection system.

Body fluids and Tissues:
Collect aseptically and place in a sterile container. Ensure that tissue samples are kept moist during transit with a small amount of sterile saline. Do not use transport media unless specimen can be easily retrieved from the transport media.


Collect a minimum volume of 2 mL for analysis.

Respiratory samples:
Samples should be collected in a sterile container.

Swabs are not encouraged; however, specimens from sites such as the ear canal, mouth, throat and vagina are not readily collected by other means. See separate listings (ear, eye, mouth, throat and genital culture) for specific instructions on how to collect these samples. Place swabs in bacterial transport media.

Urine should be collected using the B-D Vacutainer system for Microbiology samples
Test Schedule: Weekdays
Turnaround time from when specimen
is received in testing laboratory:
Yeast Investigation-10 days
Reference Range:  
Effective Date: 2008-02-07
Revised Date: 2011-05-01
Critical Value:  
Interpretive Comments:  
Special Processing: For investigation of suspected Histoplasma, Coccidioides, Blastomyces, Paracoccidioides see "Fungus Culture-Dimorphic"
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: 
Referred To:  

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