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SMEAR, FUNGUS

Mnemonic

SM FUNGUS

Synonym

Fungal Smear - GMS - PAS Fungus - Calcofluor - Yeast smear

Guidelines

Most appropriate for tissues, body fluids and eye or corneal scrapings. Respiratory, genital and urine sources are also acceptable.

Specimen Collection Requirements

Collect

Tissue, body fluid, eye or corneal scraping, respiratory secretions, exudate

Handling

Place tissue, body fluid or sputum in a sterile screw-cap container. For mucous membrane or ear canal sites, use a culture collection and transport swab.

Preferred Volume

0.5 mL

Minimum Volume

>0.1 mL

Transport

Room temperature

Rejection Criteria

Insufficient amount of specimen

Stability

Ambient: 1 week; Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: Unacceptable

Testing Information

Performed

7 days/week

Reported

24-48 hours

Method

Calcofluor White Stain Microscopy

Reference Values

Reference Values

Negative for fungal elements.

CPT Codes

87220

Last Updated: Monday, February 26, 2018 02:12:55 PM


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