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. Ninth edition. Edited by PR Murray, EJ Baron, et al: Washington DC. ASM Press. 2007, pp 1728-1736)
Raw specimen discarded after 2 days.