Feb 2, 2018




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Culture, Blood, Filamentous and Dimorphic Fungi

Culture, Blood, Filamentous and Dimorphic Fungi (HCDIBLIA) Microbiology Lab Test

Name: Culture, Blood, Filamentous and Dimorphic Fungi

Test Name: Culture, Blood, Filamentous and Dimorphic Fungi

Health Link Test Code: HCDIBLIA


CPT Code(s): 87103; Additional CPT codes may be added for processing, identification, and susceptibility testing.

Methodology: Isolator®/Lysis Centrifugation

Clinical Information:

For detection of fungi including Malassezia furfur, Histoplasma capsulatum, Blastomyces dermatitidis, Coccidioides immitis, Sporothrix schenckii, Fusarium species

Days Performed: Daily.

In-Lab Turnaround Time: Preliminary report: Negative culture 3 days. Final report: 1 - 4 weeks.

Stat In-Lab Turnaround Time: Not available stat.

Specimen: Blood

Collection Container: Isolator® tube

Collection Instructions:

Approval required by UWHC Director of Microbiology (608 265-5822), UWHC Infectious Diseases service (contact UWHC paging at 608 262-2122) or UWHC Clinical Pathology Resident (contact UWHC paging).


Blood must be aseptically collected. ChloraPrep Frepp the site. Preclean port of central line. Draw one - 10 mL Isolator® tube (1.5 mL Isolator® tube for pediatric patients) from each of 2 sites. Invert tube 4-5 times to mix.

Collection Volume: 9 mL

Pediatric Collection Volume: 1.5 mL

Stability Ambient:

16 hours

Stability Refridgerated:

Not acceptable

Stability Frozen:

Not acceptable

Sample Analyzed: Whole Blood

Testing Volume: 7.5 mL

Pediatric Testing Volume: 0.5 mL

Specimen Transport:

Transport specimen to the laboratory.


No fungus isolated

Interpretation Type: Expected Results

Critical Calls: yes

Additional Information:

See Best Practices for Culturing Blood.