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Testing Results
IMPORTANT! Pre-approval needed from state or local health department. Local or State Health Department. Send approval to or call (402) 559-9444.

NPHL has moved to an electronic ordering system, NUlirt, and it is now the preferred method to order all tests. Once ordered, print a "batch list" (see NUlirt Guide).

Forms Required - Nulirt batch list or NPHL Test Request Form (completed in entirety) must accompany the specimen to include the following information: symptoms and date of onset, pregnancy status, travel and vaccine history. Testing will not be performed without all required information.


  Test: Fungus Culture, Blood  
  Synonym: Mycology Culture 
  Method: Standard reference procedures for culture and identification of mold/yeast; DNA probes available as indicated  
  Availability: Daily; preliminary negative results available at 7 days and final negative at 30 days.
Positive results will be reported as soon as detected  
  Specimen: Blood  
  Collection Device: Collect blood into Bactec Mycolytic/F bottle (red label)  
  Volume: 3.0 - 5.0 mL blood for adults, 1.0 - 3.0 mL blood for pediatrics  
  Storage/Transport: Ambient, transport to lab immediately  
  Unacceptable: Blood collected in EDTA or Heparin tubes and coagulated blood samples  
  Specimen Stability: 72 hours at ambient  
  Reference Interval: No growth at 30 days  
  Reportable Disease:  
  Comments: For primary isolation of systemic filamentous fungi and yeast including Malassezia furfur. Yeast will be detected in routine aerobic/anaerobic blood cultures. Add in order comment if particular yeast or mold is suspected. One fungal culture order is recommended per 24 hour period. Bactec Mycolytic/F bottle (red label) is available upon request. 
  Revised: 7/6/2011 


If you have questions about proper specimen collection, please call NPHL Client Services at (402) 559-2440 or toll free at (866) 290-1406.