Fungal, fungus, fungi, yeast, thrush, vaginitis, vaginosis
These are cultures are intended for the isolation and identification of Candida species such as C. albicans, C. tropicalis, C. krusei, and C. glabrata.
Specimen Collection Criteria
Collect: One of the following specimens:
Mouth, Throat, Tongue, Rectal, or Vaginal: Submit specimen in a sterile container, Amies transport medium (ESwab) or Red BBL CultureSwab media.
Stool: Submit stool specimen, about the size of a walnut, in Para-Pak/Cary-Blair transport medium (orange top).
Physician Office/Draw Specimen Preparation
Place specimen in a transport container immediately and maintain at room temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F) prior to specimen pickup.
Preparation for Courier Transport
Transport: All specimen types at room temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F).
- Specimens submitted in containers that contain formalin or have previously contained formalin.
- Specimens in non-sterile or leaking containers.
- Desiccated (dry) samples/swabs.
- Specimens that have been delayed in transit (greater than 24 hours from time of collection).
Inpatient Specimen Preparation
Transport specimen to the Laboratory immediately after collection.
If a surgical culture is ordered on an inappropriate site/source or collection device, the order will be changed to match the appropriate test code.
Specimen Stability for Testing:
Room Temperature: (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F): 24 hours
Refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F): 24 hours
Frozen (-20°C/-4°F or below): Unacceptable
Specimen Storage in Department Prior to Disposal:
Refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F): 4 days
Dearborn Microbiology Laboratory
Taylor, Trenton and Wayne sent to Dearborn Microbiology Laboratory for testing.
Royal Oak Microbiology Laboratory
Farmington Hills, Grosse Pointe, and Troy sent to Royal Oak Microbiology Laboratory for testing.
Sunday – Saturday, 24 hours a day.
Preliminary results available in 24 hours.
Negative – No Candida sp. recovered.
Culture (chromogenic agar) and identification (if applicable).
The recovery of Candida spp. from an appropriate, properly collected specimen may be indicative of an infectious disease process.
Identification of Candida spp. in clinical specimens may aid the physician in diagnosing and treating a patient.
- Odds, F.C., and R. Bernaerts. 1994. CHROMagar Candida, a new differential isolation medium for presumptive identification of clinically important Candida species. J. Clin. Microbiol. 32:1923-1929.
- Pfaller, M.A., A. Huston, and S. Coffman. 1996. Application of CHROMagar Candida for rapid screening of clinical specimens for Candida albicans, Candida tropicalis, Candida krusei, and Candida (Torulopsis) glabrata. J. Clin. Microbiol. 34:56-61.
87081. Additional charges will be incurred for identification.
Microbiology Laboratory – DBN
Microbiology Laboratory – RO
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