KOH Preparation

Infectious Disease Laboratories:Microbiology

Test ID/Workstation: KOH MIC2

Specimen Type: Skin, hair, nails, sputum, vaginal washing

Tube Type: Specimen container

Collection Volume: Small pieces of skin, nails or 1.0-2.0 mL of liquid specimen

Cause for rejection: Specimen sent on dry swab, QNS

Storage: Ambient

Availability: Daily (0800-1600)

Methodology: Microscopic exam

Special Instructions: Small petri dishes can be used to transport pieces of skin, hair, or nails to laboratory for examination. These petri dishes are available from Microbiology (38412) upon request. LIMITATION : Cultures are generally more sensitive than smears. The KOH preparation may be negative while the culture may be positive.

OC Power Word: LKOHPREP

Lab/Phone: 330-543-8412

TAT: Same day

Additional Info: If received after 1600, prep will be read next day

CPT Code: 87220

Synonyms: Fungal Smear; Microscopic Exam for Fungus

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