Lab Test

Culture, Fungus, Blood

Fungal Yeast, Mold

Test Codes





Specimen Collection Criteria

Collect: Blood aseptically collected into Isolator tubes. Isolator tubes must be filled to at least the minimum line on the tube.

Transport specimens immediately to the Laboratory after collection.

Physician Office/Draw Specimen Preparation

  • Arrange for transportation to the Laboratory prior to specimen collection. Courier Services may be contacted for a STAT pickup if necessary.
  • Maintain specimens at room temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F) prior to transport. Avoid extremely high or low temperatures.

Preparation for Courier Transport

Transport: Blood in Isolator tubes, at room temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F).

Rejection Criteria

  • Specimens submitted on swabs.
  • Unlabeled specimens.
  • Refrigerated or frozen specimens.

Inpatient Specimen Preparation

Specimens must be transported immediately to the Laboratory after collection.


Specimen Stability for Testing:

Room Temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F): 16 hours
Refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F): Unacceptable
Frozen (-20°C/-4°F or below): Unacceptable

Specimen Storage in Department Prior to Disposal:

Refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F): 30 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.


Monday – Friday, 7:00 am – 3:30 pm.
Preliminary results available within 72 hours. 

NOTE: Growth from positive blood cultures will be processed as it occurs. 

Reference Range

No growth.

Test Methodology

Fungal culture, microscopy, and biochemical tests for identification of organisms.

Clinical Utility

Identification of fungi in clinical specimens may aid the physician in diagnosing and treating a patient.


  1. Koneman's Color Atlas and Textbook of Diagnostic Microbiology, 6th Ed. pp: 1159-1161. (2006)
  2. Clinical Microbiology Procedures Handbook, 4th, ed. Section 8.2.1. (2016) 
  3. Specimen Collection, Transport, and Processing: Mycology. Manual of Clinical Microbiology, 11th Ed. (2015)

CPT Codes

87101, 87102, or 87103, dependent on source.
LOINC:  601-5


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