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Fungus Culture, Tissues or Sterile Body Fluids (088-0014)
Test Mnemonic:


Specimen Requirements:

Tissue, biopsy, body fluids


Sterile container


Room temperature; refrigerate if delays in transport

Specimen Preparation:

Add several drops of sterile saline to tissue specimen after collection


48 hours

Causes for Rejection:

Swabs are not accepted for this culture type.

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

Reference Range:

No growth

Turnaround Time:

Cultures are held for 3 weeks


Culture for the isolation and identification of yeasts and fungus


Clinical Microbiology


Systemic mold culture; Fluid Culture, Fungus; Tissue Culture, Fungus

Clinical Indication:

Deep skin or tissue infection with a fungus

Patient Preparation :

Aseptic collection methods

CPT 4 Code:

87102, additional codes if indicated


A KOH prep is not routinely performed on these specimen types due to low sensitivity. Antifungal susceptibility 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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