Fungus Smear

CERNER / EPIC MNEMONIC: SM FUNGUS
POE DESCRIPTION: SM FUNGUS
CPT CODE: 87206
TEST INFORMATION: Test includes performance of a fungal smear ONLY. A fungus culture will NOT be performed unless specifically requested.
DAYS PERFORMED:

Daily, 0700-1400 only.

TURNAROUND TIME:

Same day if the specimen is received in the laboratory no later than 1400 (Monday-Sunday).

CONTAINER TYPE: See appropriate culture site for specific information.
SPECIMEN REQUIREMENTS: See appropriate culture site for specimen information.
REJECTION CRITERIA:

Inappropriate specimen container, insufficient specimen volume, inappropriate specimen, swab except for genital specimen.

MINIMUM VOLUME: 1 mL
REFERENCE RANGE: No yeast or fungal elements observed
LIMITATIONS OF TEST: The Calcofluor white stain demonstrates yeast forms, spores, and the hyphae of fungi. The filaments of Nocardia species, Streptomyces species, and Actinomyces species, as well as, the capsule of Cryptococcus species are NOT satisfactorily demonstrated with this methodology.
METHODOLOGY: Calcofluor white fluorescent stain
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This test is used to aid in the diagnosis of fungal disease. It is best utilized in combination with a fungal culture.
LAST UPDATED:

5-27-2014