Diagnosis and treatment of the etiologic agents of fungemia
Select patient population that presents with signs and symptoms of sepsis, especially fever of unknown origin
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1. Send specimen in original tube. Do not aliquot.
2. If collecting in an Isolator tube, draw blood in tube, and send 8 mL of whole blood in the original Isolator tube.
Conventional Broth Culture/Macroscopic/Microscopic/Nucleic Acid Hybridization/D2 rDNA Gene Sequencing/Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (rtPCR)/Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization-Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS)
Dimorphic Pathogen Identification Confirmation: Nucleic Acid Hybridization/D2 rDNA Gene Sequencing/rtPCR/MALDI-TOF MS
If positive, notification is made as soon as the positive culture is detected or identified.
Positive cultures of yeast and filamentous fungi are reported with the organism identification.
Positive cultures are usually an indication of infection and are reported as soon as detected. Correlation of culture results and the clinical situation is required for optimal patient management. A final negative report is issued after 30 days of incubation.