CULTURE SPUTUM FUNGUS (SPF)
: SPF, Fungal culture
: Fungal culture
: Negative for yeast and mold
: Sterile sputum container
: 5-10 mL
: Room temperature
: Send to lab immediately
Reasons for Rejection
: Specimen not received in appropriate sterile container, specimen received on swab, specimen leaking, excessive delay in transport.
: 4 weeks for negative culture. Varies for positive culture.
: There will be separate charges for organism identification and susceptibility testing when appropriate. Susceptibility testing for molds or yeast are not done routinely; when requested, susceptibility tests are sent to a reference laboratory.
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