Fungal Culture (Infection) Blood Test
Test Code: 008482
Specimen Type: Blood
Fungal Culture (Infection) Blood Test (Labcorp)
This test is used to detect fungal infections in a blood sample. Fungal infections can are usually classified as superficial or systemic. Superficial infections are typically less serious and can include things like ringworm, athletes foot or yeast infections. These are usually identified by symptoms such as rash, itching, and irritation of the skin or affected tissues. Systemic infections are more serious and usually involve infections of the blood or organs. Systemic infections can be especially dangerous if the person has a compromised immune system or other conditions such as diabetes or lung disease. Blood testing can be used to identify a systemic fungal infection and help a person's doctor to determine the appropriate treatment. Cultures taken from a blood sample will be monitored to determine if any fungal growth is present. If growth occurs, the species of fungus will be identified at no additional charge. Because many fungal infections are slow-growing, it can take up to a month or longer to identify an infection or determine that no growth is present.
Fungal culture testing may be ordered when someone has symptoms of a systemic fungal infection. Symptoms of a fungal infection can include fever, headache, muscle aches, chills, nausea, and rapid heartbeat. Positive results will typically identify the type of fungus present. Positive results should be followed up with a doctor.
A negative blood test result does not rule out the possibility of a fungal infection. Repeat testing may be necessary. Consult your doctor if symptoms persist even after multiple negative culture tests.
Results for this test can take up to 4-6 weeks to complete.
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