Culture: Fungal (Skin, Hair or Nails)

Additional Information:

Identification performed on positive mould isolates. Limited yeast identification performed from nonsterile sites. Identification of moulds and/or yeasts on positives is billed separately from culture

UFHPL Epic order code: LAB2008

CPT Code(s):


Specimen Requirements:

Collection: Collect cuttings, scrapings, swabs of aspirate, biopsies, body fluid, hair, nails, sinus specimens, skin, sputum, stool or urine in a sterile container.
Indicate the source of the specimen.

  • Tissue: 2 mL
  • Body Fluid: 50 mL
  • Aspirates: 2 – 5 mL

Storage/Transport Temperature: Material must be stored in a sterile container at 2° – 8° C for body fluids or clippings. Use bacterial swab transport tubes for all other materials. Include an additional swab for gram stains. Submit specimens according to Biological Substance, Category B, shipping guidelines.

Unacceptable Conditions: Frozen samples; skin that is fixed in formalin, alcohol or saline; specimens greater than 72 hours old.

Stability (collection to initiation of testing):

  • Ambient: 72 hours
  • Refrigerated: 72 hours
  • Frozen: Unacceptable


Indicate all suspected fungal organisms. Media is available for direct inoculation.




2 – 7 days

Reference Values:

Negative for fungus