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Test 8223 :
Culture Referred for Identification, Fungus

Clinical Information Discusses physiology, pathophysiology, and general clinical aspects, as they relate to a laboratory test

Organisms are referred for identification or to confirm an identification made elsewhere. This may provide helpful information regarding the significance of the organism, its role in the disease process, and its possible origin.

Useful For Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Identification of pure isolates of filamentous fungi and yeast

Interpretation Provides information to assist in interpretation of the test results

Genus and species are reported on fungal isolates whenever possible.

Cautions Discusses conditions that may cause diagnostic confusion, including improper specimen collection and handling, inappropriate test selection, and interfering substances

If the organism is received in mixed culture or contaminated, the report may be delayed or identification may not be possible.

Reference Values Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.

Not applicable

Clinical References Provides recommendations for further in-depth reading of a clinical nature

Shea YR: General approaches for detection and identification of fungi. In Manual of Clinical Microbiology. Tenth edition. Edited by J Versalovic, KC Carroll, et al: Washington, DC. ASM Press, 2011, pp 1776-1792


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