Dermatophyte Culture

CPT: 87101. Additional charges/CPT code(s) may apply as not all microbiology procedures can be determined before the culture is performed.
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14 - 35 days

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Specimen Requirements


Hair, skin, or nail cuttings or scrapings


Glassine envelope (preferred), sterile container or ESwab®

Glassine envelope (preferred) or sterile container

Glassine envelope (preferred), sterile container or ESwab®


Hair: Epilate 10 to 12 hairs. Specify the source of the specimen and include any pertinent clinical information. Cultures are incubated up to three weeks before a final report is issued.

Skin and nails: Cleanse the area with 70% alcohol prior to specimen collection. Nail scrapings should be from a subsurface portion of the infected nail. Skin should be taken from the active border of the lesion.

Storage Instructions

Maintain specimen at room temperature.

Causes for Rejection

Unlabeled specimen or name discrepancy between specimen and request label; inappropriate transport device; specimen received after prolonged delay (usually more than 72 hours); specimen received frozen

Test Details




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Hay RJ. Fungal skin infections. Arch Dis Child. 1992 Sep; 67(9):1065-1067. 1417045
Rezabek GH, Friedman AD. Superficial fungal infections of the skin. Diagnosis and current treatment recommendations. Drugs. 1992 May; 43(5):674-682. 1379146


Order Code Order Code Name Order Loinc Result Code Result Code Name UofM Result LOINC
182337 Dermatophyte Only, Culture 575-1 182337 Dermatophyte Only, Culture 575-1

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