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DECUL
CULTURE, FUNGUS, DERMATOPHYTES

Test Code DECUL 
Test CULTURE, FUNGUS, DERMATOPHYTES 
Methodology Conventional Culture 
Description Includes microscopic exam.
For detection of common fungal pathogens in skin, hair or nails.
Significant isolates reflex to organism identification. Additional charge applies. 
Specimen SUBMIT ONLY 1 OF THE FOLLOWING SPECIMENS:

HAIR
1. Send at least 10-12 hairs in a screw-capped, sterile container.
2. Label container with patientís name (first and last), date of birth or medical record number, date and time of collection, collectorís initials and SPECIMEN SOURCE.
3. Maintain sterility and forward promptly.
NOTE: SPECIMEN SOURCE IS REQUIRED ON REQUEST FORM FOR PROCESSING.

NAILS
1. Wipe the nail with 70% alcohol.
2. Scrape the outer surface of the nail and discard.
3. Collect scraping from the deeper, diseased areas of the nail, and place in a screw-capped, sterile container.
4. Label container with patientís name (first and last), date of birth or medical record number, date and time of collection, collectorís initials and SPECIMEN SOURCE.
5. Maintain sterility and forward promptly.
NOTE: SPECIMEN SOURCE IS REQUIRED ON REQUEST FORM FOR PROCESSING.

SKIN SCRAPINGS
1. Clean skin with 70% alcohol.
2. Scrape the advancing edge of the lesion with a sterile glass slide into a screw-capped, sterile container.
3. Label container with patientís name (first and last), date of birth or medical record number, date and time of collection, collectorís initials and SPECIMEN SOURCE.
4. Maintain sterility and forward promptly.
NOTE: SPECIMEN SOURCE IS REQUIRED ON REQUEST FORM FOR PROCESSING. 

Reference Values No growth
If positive, fungus will be identified. 
Analytic Time Positives reported when detected. Negatives reported at 4 weeks. 
Day(s) Test Set Up Monday through Sunday 
CPT Code(s) 87101  Fungus isolation culture
87106  Fungus identification, if indicated
87206  Fluorescent stain for fungi