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Lab Test Dictionary

Culture, Fungus, Miscellaneous Source (37960)





Specimen Type

See Below

Performing Lab

Quest Diagnostics San Juan Capistrano

Epic ID

Other Reference Test

Lab Test Days


Standard TAT

28-30 Days

Collection Information

Specimen Required

1-3 mL or 1-3 grams body fluids, CSF, lower respiratory tract specimens, urine or fresh (unfixed) tissue

Container Type

Sterile Container

Collection Instructions

1 mL or 1 swab wound, exudates, aspirates, lesion material, ocular specimens collected in a sterile, leak-proof container, Amies liquid or gel swab system or Stuarts or ESwab or 1-3 mL or 1-3 g stool collected in a sterile, leak-proof container is also acceptable. Tissues or brushes in transport medium or in a small amount of sterile saline are also acceptable. If KOH is requested second swab must be submitted. Clinicians who send tissues, biopsies, or aspirates for deep fungus should label the specimens as such.

Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Transport Temperature


Specimen Stability

Room Temp: 72 Hours; Refrigerated: 72 Hours; Frozen: Unacceptable

Rejection Criteria

Whole blood; Skin; Hair; Nails

Test Volume Required

3 mL or 3 grams

Minimum Test Volume

1 mL or 1 gram

Processing Instructions

Indicate source in comments, on specimen and on batch sheet.

Included Tests

If culture is positive, identification will be performed at an additional charge for each organism. In the event of an initial identification of Coccidioides, Histoplasma, or Blastomyces, the following additional identification methods will be performed at an additional charge. If an additional identification method is required, ITS nucleic acid sequencing may be added.Susceptibilities will be added upon request.


***For Skin/hair/nails, refer to Quest test code 39515.

CPT Codes

87102; 87106; 87107; 87149; 87153