Fungitell, Serum

Alphabetical Test listing

Fungitell, Serum-13641

This assay has been discontinued. The referred alternate is an order placed for a MSO 994/LAB994 for LabCorp Fungitell Beta-D-Glucan 832599

Fungitell, Serum
Fungitell B-D Glucan
Fungitell-D-glucan assay
The Fungitell β-D Glucan assay is indicated for the presumptive diagnosis of invasive fungal disease through detection of elevated levels of (1,3)- β-D-glucan in serum.
2.0 mL
0.2 mL (pediatric)

Immediately following collection, thoroughly mix sample by gently inverting 5 times

  1. Allow sample to clot for a minimum of 30 minutes
  2. Spin within two (2) hours of sample collection
  3. Do not transfer the serum to an aliquot tube
  4. Refrigerate

Gold serum separator (SST) tube

Refrigerated (preferred)- 30 days
Frozen - 30 days
Ambient - 30 days
  • Lipemic specimen 
  • Icteric specimen
  • Hemolyzed specimen
Viracor Eurofins (1710) via LabCorp (284526): R-LC
Mo - Fr
1 - 4 days

The assay is based upon a modification of the Limulus Amebocyte Lysate (LAL) pathway.


< 60 pg/mL

Normal human serum contains low levels of (1,3)- β-D glucan, typically 10 to 40 pg/mL, presumably from commensal yeasts present in the alimentary canal and gastrointestinal tract. However, (1,3)- β-D-glucan is sloughed from the cell walls during the life cycle of most pathogenic fungi. Thus, monitoring serum for evidence of elevated and rising levels of (1,3)- β-D-glucan provides a convenient surrogate marker for invasive fungal disease.
The Fungitell ß-D Glucan assay detects (1,3)- β-D-glucan from the following pathogens: Candida spp., Acremonium, Aspergillus spp., Coccidioides immitis, Fusarium spp., Histoplasma capsulatum, Trichosporon spp., Sporothrix schenckii, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and Pneumocystis jiroveci.
The Fungitell ß-D Glucan assay does not detect certain fungal species such as the genus Cryptococcus, which produces very low levels of (1,3)- β-D-glucan, nor the Zygomycetes, such as Absidia, Mucor, and Rhizopus, which are not known to produce (1,3)- β-D-glucan. Studies indicate Blastomyces dermatitidis is usually not detected due to little (1,3)- β-D-glucan produced in the yeast phase.
Result 42176-8