Geisinger Medical Laboratories/Geisinger Proven Diagnostics Test Catalog

Test Name: Sunquest Test Code Epic Procedure Code Or ID CPT Code:  

CULTURE, FUNGUS DERMATOLOGICAL (INCLUDES FUNGAL SMEAR)

ORDERING INFORMATION:
Sunquest Test Code:
FCD      Geisinger Epic Procedure Code: 87101         Geisinger Epic ID: 7548

SPECIMEN COLLECTION
Specimen type:
Hair, skin, or nail specimen (does not include punch biopsy specimens; order Fungus Culture Other for punch biopsies)
Preferred collection container:
Specimen required:
Listed collection devices at room temperature
Special notes:
Toothbrush is the preferred collecion device for skin and hair specimens. Submit nails in a sterile specimen container. ESwab is acceptable but is an inferior transport device from these sources. A fungal smear is performed on most clinical specimens when possible. See Microbiology Collection Appendix for collection instructions.

SPECIMEN PROCESSING
Transport temperature:
Room temperature (18-25°C)
Specimen stability:
Sterile container (dermatologic specimens): 7 days
Toothbrush: 7 days
ESwab: 72 hours
Rejection criteria:
Improperly labeled/identified specimens. Expired collection/transport device. Quantity of specimen insufficient. Frozen specimens. Specimens in formalin. Delay in transport.

TEST DETAILS
Reference interval:
No fungus isolated
Critical values/courtesy alerts:
Specific fungal isolate
Additional information:
Fungal cultures may be monitored for up to 3 weeks before a final report is issued
CPT code(s):
87101, 87206
Note: The billing party has sole responsibility for CPT coding.  Any questions regarding coding should be directed to the payer being billed.  The CPT codes provided by GML are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only.
Test includes:
Isolation and identification of specified pathogens, e.g., Candida albicans, Microsporum, Trichophyton, Epidermophyton, Fusarium, and Scopulariopsis. By physician special request, ID all organisms/speciate organisms. Additional charges may apply. Susceptibility testing of Candida species (not albicans) is available upon request. Please contact Microbiology to request.
Methodology:
Culture
Synonyms:
DERMATOPHYTE CULTURE
MYCOLOGY CULTURE
FUNGUS CULTURE, KOH PREP
YEAST CULTURE
MOLD CULTURE
TINEA
RINGWORM
MOLD
YEAST
FUNGUS
FUNGI
FUNGAL HAIR CULTURE
FUNGAL NAIL CULTURE
FUNGAL SKIN CULTURE
DERMATOPHYTES
DERMATOLOGICAL CULTURE
SKIN CULTURE, YEAST SKIN CULTURE, MOLD SKIN CULTURE
MOLD NAIL CULTURE, YEAST NAIL CULTURE
YEAST HAIR CULTURE, TOOTHBRUSH SCRAPING CULTURE, TOOTHBRUSH FUNGAL CULTURE
Clinical significance:
Specific species of fungi are associated with dermatologic infection. A positive culture result can be used to guide appropriate therapy.
Doctoral Director(s:)
Donna Wolk PhD, D(ABMM), Raquel Martinez, PhD, D(ABMM)    
Review Date: 05/06/2019

Performing Locations

Geisinger Medical Center

Performing laboratory: Microbiology
Technical Lead: Francis Tomashefski
Frequency: Daily, all shifts
Performed stat? No
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