Swab of abscess, external ear, nasal, tracheal wash, tissue or open wound; Submitting sufficient material increases the likelihood of recovery of fungal species.
Obtain culture swab of external ear, open wounds, uterine swab, etc. External specimens should be taken after first cleaning the area with 70% alcohol or a non-medicated, non-fungicidal soap. Collect tissues aseptically.
Submit in a sterile container such as a red top tube, Whirl-Pak® or Ziploc® bags. Do not freeze. Overnight or 2-day shipping is recommended
*Turn around time is dependent upon typical pathogen expected or requested as some fungi may take more than 4 weeks to isolate and identify. Note on submission form if systemic fungi (histoplasmosis, blastomycosis or coccidioidomycosis) are suspected. Histology is recommended for these cases rather than culture.