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Test ID: FVAG    
Fungal Culture, Vaginal

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing


Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen. This field describes the type of specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing. The volume allows automated processing, fastest throughput and, when indicated, repeat or reflex testing.

Specimen should arrive within 24 hours of collection.


Container/Tube: Culture transport swab (non-charcoal)

Specimen Volume: Secretions

Collection Instructions:

1. Before collecting specimen, wipe away any excessive amount of secretion and discharge.

2. Obtain secretions from the mucosal membrane of the vaginal vault with a sterile swab.

3. If smear and culture are requested or both a bacterial culture and fungal culture are requested, collect a second swab to maximize test sensitivity.

Additional Information: Specimen source is required.

Forms: If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Microbiology Request Form (T244) (

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of specimen required to perform an assay once, including instrument and container dead space. Submitting the minimum specimen volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory or perform reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum specimen volume may result in a QNS (quantity not sufficient) result, requiring a second specimen to be collected.


Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected








Viral transport media (including but not limited to M4, M5, BD viral transport media, thioglycolate broth) or specimen >7 days from collection


Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
VariesRefrigerated (preferred)7 days
 Ambient 7 days