Lab Test : KOH Preparation

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Alternate:Potassium Hydroxide Prep; Fungus Prep; Wet Prep
Includes:Microscopic examination for fungal elements.
Department:Microbiology
Phone:(937) 641-3902
SQ Code:KOHP
Available:Daily 24 hours. Test performed on first shift only
Turnaround:1 day
Specimen:Specify specimen site, hair shaft, scalp, nail or skin scraping
Volume:N/A
Container:Sterile container, slide
Temperature:Room temperature or Refrigerated
Rejection:Not received within 24 hrs
Normal:No fungal elements seen.
Uses:Determine presence of fungi.
Limitations:Culture is more sensitive than KOH prep. KOH may be negative when the culture is positive.
Method:Microscopic
 

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