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Chapter 114 : Specimen Collection, Transport, and Processing: Mycology

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Successful laboratory diagnosis of fungal infections requires attentiveness on the part of physicians and nurses, proper collection and transport of appropriate specimens, and comprehensive procedures in the laboratory. This chapter offers guidelines for specimen collection and transport, specimen handling, specimen pretreatment and processing in the laboratory, medium selection, and incubation of cultures.

Citation: McGowan K. 2015. Specimen Collection, Transport, and Processing: Mycology, p 1944-1954. In Jorgensen J, Pfaller M, Carroll K, Funke G, Landry M, Richter S, Warnock D (ed), Manual of Clinical Microbiology, Eleventh Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555817381.ch114
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Growth of a dermatophyte () after 4 days of aerobic incubation at 30°C following toothbrush inoculation of Mycosel agar. Courtesy of Marilyn A. Leet, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. doi:10.1128/9781555817381.ch114.f1

Citation: McGowan K. 2015. Specimen Collection, Transport, and Processing: Mycology, p 1944-1954. In Jorgensen J, Pfaller M, Carroll K, Funke G, Landry M, Richter S, Warnock D (ed), Manual of Clinical Microbiology, Eleventh Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555817381.ch114
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Early growth of from tissue piece embedded in Sabouraud dextrose agar with gentamicin incubated aerobically at 30°C. Courtesy of Marilyn A. Leet, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. doi:10.1128/9781555817381.ch114.f2

Citation: McGowan K. 2015. Specimen Collection, Transport, and Processing: Mycology, p 1944-1954. In Jorgensen J, Pfaller M, Carroll K, Funke G, Landry M, Richter S, Warnock D (ed), Manual of Clinical Microbiology, Eleventh Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555817381.ch114
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TABLE 1

Specimen collection and transport guidelines

Citation: McGowan K. 2015. Specimen Collection, Transport, and Processing: Mycology, p 1944-1954. In Jorgensen J, Pfaller M, Carroll K, Funke G, Landry M, Richter S, Warnock D (ed), Manual of Clinical Microbiology, Eleventh Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555817381.ch114
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TABLE 2

Common clinical sites for laboratory recovery of pathogenic fungi

Citation: McGowan K. 2015. Specimen Collection, Transport, and Processing: Mycology, p 1944-1954. In Jorgensen J, Pfaller M, Carroll K, Funke G, Landry M, Richter S, Warnock D (ed), Manual of Clinical Microbiology, Eleventh Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555817381.ch114
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TABLE 3

Pretreatment of clinical specimens prior to plating

Citation: McGowan K. 2015. Specimen Collection, Transport, and Processing: Mycology, p 1944-1954. In Jorgensen J, Pfaller M, Carroll K, Funke G, Landry M, Richter S, Warnock D (ed), Manual of Clinical Microbiology, Eleventh Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555817381.ch114
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TABLE 4

Media suggested for the recovery of fungi from clinical specimens

Citation: McGowan K. 2015. Specimen Collection, Transport, and Processing: Mycology, p 1944-1954. In Jorgensen J, Pfaller M, Carroll K, Funke G, Landry M, Richter S, Warnock D (ed), Manual of Clinical Microbiology, Eleventh Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555817381.ch114

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