Test directory: Fungus Culture, Hair/Nail/Skin

Ordering Code6233
Test NameFungus Culture, Hair/Nail/Skin
AliasYeast culture
Mold culture
Malasezzia furfur
Fungal Culture
Preferred SpecimenHair, Nail, Skin Scrapings
Preferred ContainerSterile or clean container
Other Specimen/ContainerRefer to Unit Code 6450 for specimens other than hair, nail and skin scrapings.
Optimum VolumeHair: 2-3 Hair Shafts
Nail: 2-3 Pieces of Nail
Skin Scrapings: 2-3 Skin Flakes
Collection InstructionsHair: Select hair which are broken off and appear diseased and pluck them with sterile forceps. If diseased hair shafts are not apparent, scrape the edges of a scalp lesion with a sterile scalpel
Nail: Scrape out the friable material beneath the edge of the nails, or scrape or clip off portions of abnormal appearing nail. Do not put the specimen in cotton plugged or rubber stopper tubes. Indicate specimen source on the requisition
Skin Scrapings: Cleanse skin lesions first with 70% alcohol to reduce bacteria and saprophytic fungi
Scrape from outer edges of skin lesions
Indicate specimen source on the requisition.
Transport RequirementsHair = Oahu: Ambient, Airline: Ambient
Nail = Oahu: Ambient, Airline: Ambient
Skin Scrapings = Oahu: Ambient, Airline: Ambient
Specimen StabilityHair = Ambient: 3 Days, Refrigerated: 3 Days, Frozen: Not Stable
Nail = Ambient: 3 Days, Refrigerated: 3 Days
Skin Scrapings = Ambient: 3 Days, Refrigerated: 3 Days, Frozen: Not Stable
Rejection CriteriaExpired container/media, Specimen older than stability limits, Insufficient quantity
Avail. StatNO
Analytic TimeUp to 1 Month
Additional time is required for identification if culture is positive.
MethodologyVisual examination of fungal growth on selective/non- selective media.

Reference range(s)

ComponentAgeMale NormMale Critical LowMale Critical HighFemale NormFemale Critical HighFemale Critical LowUnitsAdd'l info
Report Status:ALLSee report.
Result - Hair:ALLSee report.
Result - Nail:ALLSee report.
Result - Skin Scraping:ALLSee report.