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Testing Results
IMPORTANT! Sites requesting testing must have approval from the appropriate state or local health department before submitting specimens. Approval must be sent to NPHL by email at or by calling (402) 559-9444.

A Special Microbiology Form must accompany the specimens. Some tests require additional forms and patient history. This will be listed below when applicable. When requested, testing will not be performed without all required information.

Please call NPHL Client Services at (402) 559-2440 or toll free at (866) 290-1406 for further clarification.


  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.