Test directory: Fungus Culture, Blood/Bone Marrow

Ordering Code645B
Test NameFungus Culture, Blood/Bone Marrow
AliasYeast Culture, Blood/Bone Marrow
Cryptococcus culture, Blood/Bone
Mold Culture, Blood/Bone Marrow
Fungal Culture, Blood/Bone Marrow
Preferred SpecimenBlood or Bone Marrow
Preferred ContainerMyco F/Lytic Bottle
Other Specimen/ContainerBlood or Bone Marrow in SPS (Yellow)
Optimum Volume5 mL
For Bone Marrow, submit as much specimen as possible.
Collection InstructionsNote: SPS should be used only for Fungal or AFB cultures, as other bacterial organisms are inhibited by the anticoagulant

Perform aseptic venipuncture: After palpating site, cleanse with 70% alcohol. Using tincture of iodine or provodone- iodine, swab in a circular motion concentrically from the center of the site outward. Allow iodine to dry (i.e. 2 or more minutes). DO NOT re-palpate site once it has been prepped. For iodine-sensitive patients, a double alcohol preparation may be used.
Handling InstructionsThe top of the culture vial or SPS anticoagulant tube must be cleansed in the same manner as the patient prior to inoculation of the blood specimen. It is NOT necessary to perform a needle change prior to inoculation of the vial or tube. Keep specimen ambient.
Transport RequirementsOahu: Ambient
Airline: Ambient
Specimen StabilityAmbient: Myco/F Lytic = 16 hours from the time of collection SPS (Yellow) = 3 days
Rejection CriteriaSpecimen older than stability limits, Inappropriate anticoagulant, Refrigerated, Frozen, Cracked Myco/F Bottles
Note: specimens with rejection concerns that cannot be recollected (e.g. bone marrow) will be processed upon receipt and the ordering physician consulted.
Avail. StatNO
Analytic TimeUp to 4 Weeks
Additional time is required for identification if the culture is positive.
MethodologyCulture, real time detection of increased CO2 production due to fungal growth.

Reference range(s)

ComponentAgeMale NormMale Critical LowMale Critical HighFemale NormFemale Critical HighFemale Critical LowUnitsAdd'l info
Report Status:ALLSee report.
Result - Blood:ALLSee report.
Result - Bone Marrow:ALLSee report.