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Culture For Fungi

Also known as: KOH prep; Fungal smear; Mycology tests
Formal name: Potassium hydroxide preparation; Fungal culture; Fungal antigen and antibody tests; Calcofluor white stain
Related tests: AFB smear and culture; CSF analysis; Susceptibility testing; Gram stain; Bacterial wound culture

Why should I do it?
To detect a fungal infection, to determine which specific fungus or fungi are present, and sometimes to isolate and grow the fungi for subsequent susceptibility testing

When should I do it?
When the doctor suspects that you have a skin, lung, or systemic fungal infection; sometimes after treatment to monitor its effectiveness

What Kind of Sample is Needed?
The sample collected depends upon the suspected location(s) of the infection. It typically includes: scrapings of the skin, nail and hair samples, fluids, blood, and/or a tissue biopsy.

Test Preparation Needed?
None