Pan fungal PCR

This test is referred to another lab outside our network
This does not affect where samples are sent and where your results are issued.
Description: 
Detection of fungal genetic material with the use of PCR with primers that are targeted at conserved regions of the chromosome.

Samples are sent away to PHE Mycology Reference Laboratory, Bristol. Please discuss with clinical team if you wish this test to be added to sample processing.
Clinical details: 
Fungal species can difficult to isolate and culture in the lab. Molecular diagnostics techniques aid the diagnosis of fungal infection by detecting fungal genetic material as opposed to relying on culture. Some molecular assays are designed for specific fungi. This provides high sensitivity and specificity but only detects what you are looking for. Pan fungal PCR is a broad ranged assay designed to overcome this limitation. By using PCR primers that are targeted at conserved regions of chromosomal DNA it is possible to design broad-ranged PCRs capable of detecting DNA from many fungal species.
Synonyms or keywords: 
Fungal, fungi, PCR
Sample type and Volume required: 
Any sample (normally from a sterile site) Minimum volume 200 microlitres.
Turnaround time: 
7 - 14 days
Storage and transport: 
Place labelled sample in a sealed sample bag and send to Central Specimen Reception (CSR). Samples should be refrigerated if transport to the laboratory is delayed.
Contacts:
Infection Sciences Department at St Thomas' Hospital
020 7188 8008
St Thomas' Hospital
North Wing - 5th Floor
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7EH
Core opening hours: Monday-Friday 0900-1730


For clinical advice or interpretation of results, please contact the laboratory in the first instance.

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Last updated: 27/11/2017