Culture, Fungus

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Test Code

Alias/See Also
Fungus Culture

CPT Codes
87101 skin, hair or nails; 87103 blood; 87102 other sources

Preferred Specimen
Specimen submitted in sterile, leak proof container.
Fungal Blood cultures should be collected in an isolator tube.

Hair, nails or skin scrapings should be kept dry and at room temperature. If available, also submit scalpel blade used for collection of specimen.
Other specimens should be refrigerated after collection.
Swabs provide inadequate material for culture

Transport Container
Sterile Container

Transport Temperature
Room Temperature
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Specimen Stability
Room Temperature = 2 days
Refrigerated = 3 days
Frozen = unacceptable

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Specimens received in fixative. Sputum or urine leaked in transit. 24 hour urine or sputum.  Frozen specimen.

Culture on standard Mycological Media including selective and non-selective media.

Setup Schedule

Report Available
4 weeks

Clinical Significance
Fungal cultures may be used to detect fungal infections. The significance of a specific mold or yeast that is isolated varies based upon the specimen source and the potential for normal flora contamination of the specimen at the time of collection.

Performing Laboratory
CompuNet Clinical Laboratories, LLC
2308 Sandridge Drive
Moraine, OH 45439

Last Updated: November 22, 2021

The CPT Codes provided in this document are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed. Any Profile/panel component may be ordered separately. Reflex tests are performed at an additional charge.