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39515: Culture, Fungus, Skin, Hair Or Nails Print View
Specimen Source:      
Status:      
Fungal Culture, HSN      

PRIMARY
1 Hair 1 (1) g   Room Temperature - 14 Day(s)  
ALTERNATE
  Nails   Room Temperature - 14 Day(s)  
  Skin   Room Temperature - 14 Day(s)  

Fungi cause many types of infections, some of which may become serious, especially in immunocompromised and hospitalized patients. The appropriate collection, transport and processing of specimens allows the recovery of fungal organisms and the association of a specific fungus with a disease process.

Remove hairs with forceps, scrape skin or scalp scales,
clip nails and include keratin scrapings. Cleanse skin
with alcohol before scraping. Cleanse feet and hands
before collecting nails. Refrigeration is not recommended because
it can inhibit dermatophytes.
Setup Schedule
Sunday-Saturday

Reported (Analytical Time)
28 days

CPT Code
87101

The CPT codes provided are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payer being billed.

Notes
Preferred Specimen:
Basal portions of infected hairs, scrapings from the active, peripheral edge of lesions and scrapings from recently invaded nail tissue.
Transport Container: Sterile, leak proof container. Dry swab in sterile container; Swab in bacterial transport medium
Other Acceptable Specimens: Specimens collected by swab
Minimum Volume: Any amount of specimen
Specimen Stability:
Hair, Skin and Nail Specimens - Room Temperature: 14 days;
Refrigerated: See instructions; Frozen: Unacceptable
Transport Swabs - Room Temperature: 72 hours; Refrigerated: See
instructions; Frozen: Unacceptable
Transport Temperature: Room temperature
METHODOLOGY: Fungal Culture, Isolation and Identification If culture is positive, ID will be performed at an additional charge. DNA Sequencing and Direct Probe are additional ID methods. If the organism cannot be identified by the original method or if there are multiple organisms, either may be performed at an additional charge.
Possible add on codes: 90272, 92265, 90273, 92267, 92268.






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