FVAG - Specimen: Fungal Culture, Vaginal

Test Catalog

Test Name

Test ID: FVAG    
Fungal Culture, Vaginal

Testing Algorithm Delineates situations when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

When this test is ordered, the reflex tests may be performed and charged.

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing

Varies

Shipping Instructions

Specimen should arrive within 24 hours of collection.

Necessary Information

Specimen source is required.

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 Type: Swab

Source: Vaginal secretions

Container/Tube: Culture transport swab (noncharcoal)

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.

Forms

If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Microbiology Test Request Form (T244) with the specimen (http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com/it-mmfiles/microbiology_test_request_form.pdf).

Specimen Minimum Volume The amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Laboratory.

NA

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

Hemolysis

NA

Lipemia

NA

Icterus

NA

Other

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 temperatures are also included.

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
VariesRefrigerated (preferred)7 days
 Ambient 7 days