Microscopy and Culture of skin, hair and nail

Use(s):

Diagnosis of fungal infection by microscopy and culture.

Description:

Microscopy for yeasts, mycelium and other fungal elements; culture of any viable fungi present and identification of any clinically significant species. Antifungal susceptibility testing is undertaken where appropriate or requested.

Specimens:

Skin, nail and hair should be sent in Dermapaks or similar card packs designed for the purpose.

Results:

Microscopy is reported as "No fungus seen" or positive with a description of the fungal cells seen.
Culture is reported as the identity of any significant fungi isolated.

95% Turnaround Time (Dates collected):

Microscopy 7 days, culture 24 days (positive cultures will take longer to report than negatives).


Page Reviewed: 02/07/19 | Updated by: Kevin Roberts