Kenya Medical Laboratory Tests
Fungal Culture, Routine Test in Kenya
Brief DescriptionThis test is conducted to determine presence of fungi in an area of the body. Its usually prescribed in management of Superficial and/or Systemic fungal infections.
SynonymsFungus Blood Culture, Mold Culture, Mycology, Yeast Culture
Patient PreparationNo special preparations required
Sample TypeBiopsy, blood, body fluid, aspirates, skin, nails, hair, sputum, stool, throat, tissue, urine, vagin
Sample volume2 mL or 1 cm³ tissue, 10 mL blood, whool nail, 5 mL aspirates
Sample collection ContainerSterile container for fluid or tissue, blood culture bottle
Sample collection instructionsClean catch midstream is prefered for urine sample. For skin, the area is cleansed with 70% alcohol and a portion from the active border of the lesion collected. For Biopsy sample, a small amount of sterile nonbacteriostatic water should be added to prevent drying.
Sample storageSamples are maintained at room temperature except for nonsterile respiratory specimens that are refr
Reference rangePresence/Absence of fungi
Results Turnaround40 - 50 days after receipt of samples
Diseases / Diagnostic IndicatorsPresence of fungi is associated with Superficial fungal infections (such as athlete’s foot, jock itch, Vaginal yeast infections, ringworm.)