A sample or swab of affected tissue or a body fluid is submitted to the laboratory in order to identify a fungal agent of disease. Efforts are made by the vet to prevent contamination of the sample by other surfaces or tissues.
At the laboratory, the sample is innoculated onto specific fungal growth media that favors the growth of fungal organisms over bacterial organisms. A microbiologist uses similar methods to that used for bacterial identification in order to identify the fungal organism.
Reasons to UseRelated Observations
Identification of a specific fungal organism may provide a more precise understanding of the disease process, allowing for a more targeted treatment.
Some fungal organisms can take weeks to grow, lessening the value of the test for promptly determining treatment.
Some fungal organisms are extremely difficult to grow in a laboratory, and so may be missed.
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