Fungus Superficial

Fungus Superficial Culture

Test Name:  

Fungus Superficial Culture

Alternate Name (s):  


Laboratory Module:  


Ordering Mnemonic:  


Specimen Type:   

To be used for skin scrapings, nail scrapings/clippings, hair (root ends)

Collection Container:  

Sterile Container or Fungal Collection Kit

Container Information
Sterile Container


Container Information
Fungus Collection KitFungus Collection Kit

Collection Information:  

Hair - Select broken or scaly hair that is most likely to be infected. If possible, choose hair that fluoresces when exposed to a Wood's lamp. Pluck at least 10 hairs out by the roots and send root portion for culture.

Nails - Clean with 70% alcohol. Scrape deeply enough to obtain recently invaded tissue. Initial scrapings should be discarded as they are often contaminated. Whole pieces of nail may be submitted.

Skin - Clean area with 70% alcohol. Scrape the active peripheral edge of the lesion with a scalpel to obtain flakes of skin.

Note: Hair, nails and skin should be transported in black paper envelopes available from the Microbiology Lab.


Test Schedule:  


Turnaround Time:  


Preliminary: 1 to5 weeks

Final: 1 to 5 weeks

Stat / Urgent

Preliminary: 1 to 5 weeks

Final: 1 to 5 weeks

Reference Interval:  


Critical Values:  

As growth is detected and identified the information is made available to the health care provider.

Lab Process Notes :  


Storage & Transport:  

Viability may decrease with prolonged storage so transport as soon as possible. The specimen should then be refrigerated.

Test Referred to :   

Public Health Laboratories, Hamilton

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