Fungal Culture (Non Dermal Sites)

Test Mnemonic


CPT Codes

  • 87102 - QTY (1)




  • Culture for mold
  • Culture for yeast

Performing Laboratory

Cleveland Clinic Laboratories

Specimen Requirements

Volume Type Container Collect Temperature Transport Temperature Special Instructions
50 mLUrine, randomSterile container AmbientCollect 50 mL of first morning void in sterile container. 24 hour collection is unacceptable. Patient Preparation: Usual preparation for clean-catch mid-void urine.
UnspecifiedSee noteSwab, culturette AmbientOf Surgical area . Site must be sterilely prepared.
3 mLAspirate, gastricSterile container Ambient 
3 mLSputumSterile container AmbientUndiluted first morning sputum or induced sputum. Patient Preparation: Remove dentures, rinse mouth with water.
50 mLFluid, bodySterile container AmbientAspiration site must be sterilely prepared.
UnspecifiedAspirate, surgicalSterile container AmbientSite must be sterilely prepared.
UnspecifiedTissue, surgicalSterile container AmbientWith 0.5 mL sterile saline or sterile water. The portion of the surgical specimen for fungal culture should be aseptically separated from the portion sent to Surgical Pathology.


Environmental Condition Description
Ambient72 hours
Refrigerated72 hours

Days Performed

Sun - Sat

Turnaround Time

6 weeks


Name Description

Reference Range

Fungal Culture
Sex Age From Age To Type Range Range Unit
       No fungal growth 

Special Info

Always note specimen source on the requisition. Full identification will be performed routinely on significant yeast isolates. MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry testing is used to confirm suspect cases of some dimorphic molds. Limited identification is performed on nonsterile sites. In-house susceptibility testing on yeast isolates is performed only upon request and only when clinically indicated. Mold susceptibilities are not performed in-house and will be sent to an outside reference lab upon request only. Note any special requests on the requisition including a request to rule out Malassezia furfur. For hair, skin and nail specimens, please use order code ACFSC and order code FHSNSM when requesting both fungal culture and smear. If culture is positive for yeast or mold, identification will be performed as mentioned above at an additional charge. Identification CPT codes that may apply include: 87106, 87107, 87153. Antimicrobial susceptibilities are performed as mentioned above, and CPT code 87186 would apply.

Clinical Info

Order Fungal Culture to rule out fungal infection and identify the causative agent. A single negative culture does not rule out the presence of fungal infection.