Fungus culture, skin, hair or nails

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Fungus culture, skin, hair or nails-888

Fungus culture, skin, hair or nails
Fungal culture
Identification, susceptibilities and serogrouping will be performed on all microbiology isolates considered by the laboratory to be significant.

Cutaneous specimens are submitted primarily for the isolation of dermatophytes, i.e. fungi belonging to the Microsporum, Trichophyton, and Epidermophyton genera, and for isolation of Candida albicans.

Skin, hair or nails
Skin scrapings:
  1. Cleanse area with 70% alcohol.
  2. Scrape active edge of the lesion or the top of vesicle.
  3. Swab is not desirable.
  4. Collect in sterile screw cap vial.


  1. Using a Wood’s lamp (UV lamp emitting 366 um) in a dark room, pluck fluorescent hairs with a forceps.
  2. If no fluorescence, use ordinary tungsten light for examination for infected hair.

Nail scrapings:

  1. Cleanse with 70% alcohol.
  2. Use sterile scalpel to scrape surface.
  3. Discard surface scrapings.
  4. Send deep scrapings from areas that are easily broken or discolored or from under thick hyperkeratotic nails.

Screw cap plastic container (sterile)


Ambient - 2 days

  • Improper label (unlabeled or mislabeled)
  • Time delay between time of collection and receipt of specimen
  • Improper transport container
  • Improper transport temperature
  • Inappropriate specimen type
AHL - Microbiology: M
4 weeks


Additional CPT codes (if appropriate):
87186 - Sensitivities
87077 - ID
This list may not be all inclusive if there is the need to send the ID or sensitivities out to a referral laboratory