Fungal Culture

Test Name: Diagnostic Section: Fee:
Fungal Culture Bacteriology $20.00
Species: Set up days: Turn Around Time:
Most animal species M, Tu, W, Th, F 4 days to 6 weeks*
Specimen Requirements:    
Swab of abscess, external ear, nasal, tracheal wash, tissue or open wound; Submitting sufficient material increases the likelihood of recovery of fungal species.
Collection Protocol:    
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.
Shipping Requirements:    
Submit in a sterile container such as a red top tube, Whirl-PakĀ® or ZiplocĀ® bags.  Do not freeze.  Overnight or 2-day shipping is recommended 
Additional Information:    
*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.