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BCH Order Code LAB2768 Yeast Culture Only

Reporting Title


Useful For

Isolation of yeast in Vaginal or Throat specimens.

Performing Laboratory

Boulder Community Health

Specimen Requirements

1.    Collect on culture transport swab containing Amies or Stuart’s media.   Eswabs are accepted.  Order a fungal culture for sources other than vaginal or throat.  
2.    Label with two patient identifiers (full name, DOB), date and time of collection and specimen source.

Collection Instructions:
1.    Throat:  
 Obtain by rubbing whitish patches of exudate if present.
2.    Vaginal:  Before collecting form mucosal membrane of vagina, wipe away excessive amounts of secretion and discharge.  If a bacterial culture and Gram stain are also requested, collect a second swab to maximize test sensitivity.

Specimen Transport:  Maintain at ambient temperature and transport to laboratory within 24 hours.

Specimen Rejection:   Swabs received in viral transport media.

Specimen Transport Temperature



Specimens are plated to Sabouraud dextrose agar and to BHI blood agar which contains chloramphenicol and gentamicin to inhibit bacterial contamination.  Cultures are incubated at 35C for 3 days.  Identification of yeast to genus and species level is performed upon request.

Clinical Reference: Murray, Patrick R.  Manual of Clinical Microbiology, 10th Edition, 2014

Reference Values

No yeast isolated

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Test Classification and CPT Coding

87106 (definitive identification yeast)

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