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Fungal Culture

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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.

QUESTIONS TO ASK MY VET

  • Is the determination of a specific agent going to change the treatment your recommend?
  • Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP

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