Fungus Culture – Body Fluids

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Specimen Collection and Handling

Specimen Requirements

Test Requested Required Requisition(s) Specimen Type Minimum Volume Collection Kit

Fungus Culture

Any of: Body fluids or secretions, pus from lesions, or abscess aspirates

2.0 ml of specimen, if possible

Sterile container

Storage and Transport

Label the specimen container with the patient’s full name, date of collection and one other unique identifier such as the patient’s date of birth or Health Card Number. Failure to provide this information may result in rejection or testing delay.

Place specimen in a biohazard bag and seal. Store specimen at 4°C if not shipped immediately after collection.

Requisitions and Kit Ordering

Test Frequency and Turnaround Time (TAT)

Fungus culture is set up daily Monday to Friday.

Turnaround Time for microscopy: 1 day from receipt by PHO laboratory.

Turnaround Time for culture: negative cultures are held for up to 28 days.

Identification of isolates: dependent on organism(s).

Test Methods

Fungus culture and microscopy:

  • Fungal culture: identification uses various methods, including microscopic morphology, biochemical reactions, growth temperature, culture characteristics and molecular methods.
  • Microscopy uses Calcofluor White Stain.
  • Full identification will be performed on isolates from sterile sites.


Results are reported to the ordering physician or health care provider as indicated on the requisition.

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Updated 20 July 2020