Kenya Medical Laboratory Tests
Mycology - skin Test in Kenya
Brief DescriptionA fungal culture is a procedure used to determine if fungi are present in an area of the skin. This aids in establishing diagnosis of fungal infections.
SynonymsMycology Culture, Fungus Culture, Culture for Dermatophytes
Patient PreparationNo special preparations required
Sample TypeScrapings of scale, skin biopsy, moist swab from a mucosal, Nail clippings
Sample volume2 mL or 1 cm³ tissue
Sample collection ContainerSterile container for tissue
Sample collection instructionsFor skin, the area is cleansed with 70% alcohol and a portion from the active border of the lesion collected.
Sample storageMaintained at room temperature
Reference rangePresence/Absence of fungi
Results Turnaround42 days after receipt of samples
Diseases / Diagnostic IndicatorsPresence of fungi is associated with common types of fungal infections such as ringworm, athlete’s foot, jock itch.