Clinical Microbiology Procedures Handbook

17.5 MALDI‐TOF for Filamentous Fungi Identification

Last Updated:2021
Preanalytical Considerations

Identification of fungi in the clinical microbiology laboratory has traditionally relied on a combination of phenotypic characteristics, including colony morphology, microscopic examination, growth characteristics, and biochemical…

Analytical Considerations

To ensure appropriate spectra acquisition, system calibration must be completed for every run. This is performed automatically by each of the MALDI‐TOF MS systems but may need to be repeated by the user if initial…

Postanalytical Considerations

Regardless of the system used, all results should be reviewed by a trained microbiologist and final organism identification should be based on all relevant information available.…

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