Fungal Culture Collection Methods

Specimen Type or Site Volume or Method of Collection Transport Container Direct Exam Performed
Abscess 1-5 ml with needle and syringe Luer-lock capped syringe; NO NEEDLES Yes
Autopsy - as Biopsy Yes
Biopsy 1 gm Tissue Sterile vial, tube or cup, with a few drops of sterile water to maintain moisture Yes
Hair Hair shaft and base Sterile container No
Nail Nail shavings and debris under nail plate Sterile container By request only
Swabs (Inferior specimen - send ONLY if no other means of obtaining material. At least 2 swabs Use Red-capped Double swab (Lawson#50439) No
Tissue - as Biopsy Yes

Reviewed by Christopher Parker on December 08, 2021

Note: Reference ranges provided on this web site are for guidance only, and may not reflect the most recent changes. Refer to laboratory reports for current reference data.

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McLendon Clinical Laboratories
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Chapel Hill, NC 27514