Pathology Handbook



Fungal culture

Clinical Indications

Suspected fungal infections of skin, hair or nails

Test Includes

Microscopy for fungal elements and culture for fungi and yeasts

Request Form 

Request via ICE


On request during routine working hours

Specific Criteria

Please give detailed clinical information including date of onset/contact with the suspected infection

Turnaround Time

Microscopy - Two routine working days
Culture - up to four weeks for a negative report


Dependent on site of suspected infection:

White topped universal for nail clippings
'Dermapak' or securely folded square of paper, preferably black, for skin scrapings


See above

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled / inadequately labelled sample

Lab Handling

Process as soon as possible