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Beta Glucan


Test Usage

Diagnosis of invasive fungal infection


Clotted blood – dedicated sample only for Beta glucan testing.

We will NOT accept any other investigations requested on a patient sample sent for this test.

Specimen container

Gold top tube

How To Request On EPIC

For electronic requesting using EPIC (RDUH ONLY):

Please search for: ‘Fungal Serology‘ or test code’LAB9315

Special Instructions

Usually only relevant in immunocompromised patients. Only sent after discussion with consultant microbiologist.


Sent to UKHSA Mycology Reference Laboratory, UKHSA South West, Bristol

Processing Time

2 – 5 days

Urgent Specimen Instructions

Please contact the laboratory if you wish to discuss urgent processing of this test

Useful Links

For Patients:

Fungal Tests (labtestsonline.org.uk)

For Healthcare Professionals:

Mycology reference laboratory: service user handbook – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Specimen Labelling Procedure
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