|CERNER / EPIC MNEMONIC:||SM FUNGUS|
|POE DESCRIPTION:||SM FUNGUS|
|TEST INFORMATION:||Test includes performance of a fungal smear ONLY. A fungus culture will NOT be performed unless specifically requested.|
Daily, 0700-1400 only.
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.|
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.|