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Item Value
Available Stat? No
Test code FCSF
Performed by? Microbiology (Mycology)
Sendout? no
Price range $$
In House Availability Mon. - Fri., day shift
Principle Spinal fluid specimens > 2 mL are concentrated by centrifugation and plated on media that support the growth of fungi. Negative cultures are reported after 4 weeks. Positive results are reported by telephone to a physician when fungi are recovered.

Note: A cryptococcal antigen detection test is performed in the Serology Department on all cerebrospinal fluids submitted for mycology culture (See "Cryptococcal Antigen").
Container type sterile, screw-capped container
Collection Instructions Submit as much cerebrospinal fluid as possible (2 mL minimum) in a sterile, screw-cap tube.
Sample type CSF
Min. Volume 2 mL. Submit as much cerebrospinal fluid as possible (2mL minimum),
Synonyms Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Culture;CSF;
Stability Deliver immediately to the Microbiology Laboratory (2M33).
References Isenberg, HD (ed), Clinical Microbiology Procedures Handbook, Vol. 1, ASM Press, Washington DC, 1992.
CPT coding 87102
Last Updated 1/16/2009 12:28:03 PM
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