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Test Code C FUNGAL DERM Fungal Culture for Dermatophytes

Clinical System Name

Fungal Culture for Dermatophytes








This culture is for isolation of the Dermatophyte Fungi which cause infections of Hair, Skin, and Nails. Testing includes both culture and direct KOH exam (depending on adequacy of specimen). 


Samples from sites other than hair, skin, and nails should be ordered as either Fungal Culture or Yeast Screen.



Sample Requirements

SCH Main Campus Specimen Collection:

Hair samples should be plucked to include the root. Skin scrapings should be collected from the active border of the lesion using a sterile scalpel or a Microscope slide. Nail samples should be collected by scraping the affected area with a scalpel or clipping the infected nail area. Hair, skin, and nail samples should be sent in a sterile container without any type of transport media. It is important to collect adequate sample for best recovery of fungus. KOH will be performed when adequate sample is received.

Specimens collected on swabs are inferior to samples of actual hair, skin, or nails, but will be accepted if collected with a BD ESwab and placed into the Amies transport media included in the collection packet. KOH cannot be performed on these samples.


Off-Site Specimen collection: Same collection methods as above.


Preferred Vol: N/A

Minimum Vol: N/A


Processing Instructions

CPA: Send sample to Microbiology for processing.


Off-site processing:  Fungal cultures are not set up at Off-site Children's Lab locations. Nail, Hair and Skin samples without transport media should kept refrigerated before and during transport to SCH Lab. Samples should be received into the SCH Lab within 24 hours of collection.

ESwabs collected in Amies transport media can be kept at Room temp before and during transport to SCH Lab.




Hair, Nail, Skin Scrapings

Temp Time
Room temp 2 hours  
Refrigerated 24 hours
Frozen N



BD ESwab

Temp Time
Room temp 24 hours  
Refrigerated OK up to 48 hours
Frozen N




Procedure Performed Turn Around Time (TAT)
KOH/ Gram Stain 24/7

24 hours

Culture 24/7 4 weeks

Cultures are read at appropriate intervals to detect early growth. STAT requests are not applicable.

Performing Laboratory

Seattle Children's Laboratory



Microbiology Laboratory

CPT Codes



This test is not limited to the CPT codes listed.  Others may be added as more testing is necessary and depending on the pathogens isolated (such as MIC's and ID's)

Reporting Information

Negative Preliminary Report: 24 - 48 hours

Negative Final Report: 4 weeks


The report will be updated and the provider will be notified if growth is detected within the 4 week incubation period. 

Notifiable Result

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