Fungal Culture, Vaginal
Method Description Describes how the test is performed and provides a method-specific reference
Specimens are plated on inhibitory mold agar that contains chloramphenicol to inhibit bacterial contamination. Cultures are incubated at 30 degrees C for 7 days. Identification of Candida species is accomplished by a variety of physiologic, biochemical, or molecular tests. (Sutton DA: Specimen Collection, Transport, and Processing: Mycology. In Manual of Clinical Microbiology. 9th edition. Edited by PR Murray, EJ Baron, et al. Washington DC. ASM Press. 2007, pp 1728-1736)
Day(s) and Time(s) Test Performed Outlines the days and times the test is performed. This field reflects the day and time the sample must be in the testing laboratory to begin the testing process and includes any specimen preparation and processing time required before the test is performed. Some tests are listed as continuously performed, which means assays are performed several times during the day.
Monday through Sunday; Varies
Analytic Time Defines the amount of time it takes the laboratory to setup and perform the test. This is defined in number of days. The shortest interval of time expressed is "same day/1 day," which means the results may be available the same day that the sample is received in the testing laboratory. One day means results are available 1 day after the sample is received in the laboratory.
7 days/Positive cultures reported when detected. Negative 7 days
Maximum Laboratory Time Defines the maximum time from specimen receipt at Mayo Medical Laboratories until the release of the test result
Specimen Retention Time Outlines the length of time after testing that a specimen is kept in the laboratory before it is discarded
Raw specimen discarded after 2 days.
Performing Laboratory Location The location of the laboratory that performs the test