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Fungus Culture, Respiratory Sources (088-0014)
Test Mnemonic:


Specimen Requirements:

 Sputum, induced or expectorated, bronchial washings, bronchial lavage, tracheal aspirates


Sterile container

Minimum Volume:

0.5 ml


Room temperature. Refrigerate if transport is delayed


48 hours

Causes for Rejection:

Submission of more than one sputum specimen within 24 hours

Specimen container unlabeled or labeled incorrectly. No date and time of collection on requisition form.

Reference Range:

No growth

Turnaround Time:

3 weeks


Culture for  the isolation and identification of yeast and molds in lower respiratory specimens


Clinical Microbiology


Yeast culture, Mold culture, Fungus culture

Clinical Indication:

Respiratory infection due to yeast or mold

Patient Preparation :

Deep cough sample, not mucous membrane secretions

CPT 4 Code:

87102, additional codes if appropriate


Early AM sputum samples are recommended. A maximum of 3 sputum samples collected on 3 separate days will be accepted for culture. Antifungal susceptibility testing is performed only with approval.

When ordering tests for which Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement will be sought, physicians should only order tests that are medically necessary for the diagnosis or treatment of the patient. Components of the organ or disease panels may be ordered individually. The diagnostic information must substantiate all tests ordered and must be in the form of an ICD-10 code or its verbal equivalent.
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