Jun 28, 2017




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Fungal Smear

Fungal Smear (HCFSMEAR) Microbiology Lab Test

Name: Fungal Smear

Test Name: Fungal Smear

Health Link Test Code: HCFSMEAR


CPT Code(s): 87206

Methodology: Microscopy

Days Performed: Daily, 0700 - 2230.

In-Lab Turnaround Time: Smear/Stain: Calcofluor white stain 8 hours. Hair, skin and nails 1 day.

Patient Preparation:

Standard aseptic collection procedures should be followed.

Specimen: Skin scrapings from periphery of lesion, nails, hair, sputum, tissue, urine, esophageal brush or body fluids

Collection Container: Sterile screw cap container

Collection Instructions:

Rinse mouth thoroughly before collecting sputum. Clean skin with 70% alcohol for skin scrapings. Submit sputum, tissue, or 2.0 mL of body fluids in sterile, screw top container. Urine is appropriate only when disseminated mould (not Candida) infection is suspected. Skin scrapings from periphery of lesion, nails or hair should be submitted in a sterile screw top container or between 2 glass slides.

Stability Ambient:

Hair/skin/nails: 3 days

Other: 2 hours

Stability Refridgerated:

Hair/skin/nails: Not acceptable

Other: 7 days

Stability Frozen:

Not acceptable

Specimen Transport:

Transport specimen to the laboratory.


No Fungi found in direct microscopic examination.

Interpretation Type: Expected Results

Critical Calls: yes