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|60686:BODY FLUID AEROBIC/ANAEROBIC CULTURE & GRAM STAIN|
|Methodology:||Culture and Microscopic Exam|
|Released:||Preliminary at 1, 2, 3, and 4 days. Final at 5-7 days.|
|CPT Code:||87205 / 87075 / 87070|
|Specimen Collection Details|
|Collection:||Any normally sterile body fluid avoiding contamination with normal flora. Use anaerobic transport system, sterile syringe with air expelled, or other sterile container. Also accepted but not recommended: One sterile 4 mL green top tube (heparin). Do not refrigerate.|
|Handling:||If syringe is submitted, the needle must be removed and the syringe capped.|
|Stability:||Specimen in anaerobic transport media or syringe with air expelled stable 24 hours ambient. Specimen not in anaerobic transport media stable 2 hours or less ambient, depending on specimen volume. All specimen types unstable frozen.|
|Standard Volume:||2 mL fluid.|
|Minimum Volume:||1 mL fluid.|
|Comments:||Potential pathogens will be identified. Susceptibility testing will be done if appropriate. Additional charges will be added for these tests. See also: Body Fluid Aerobic Culture and Gram Stain (no anaerobic culture) (60683).|
|Rejection Criteria:||Unsterile container; specimen transported with needle attached; lavender top tube (EDTA); delayed transport; frozen specimen. Leaking containers will be rejected if the source is respiratory or if there is any indication of mycobacterial infection such as clinical history or orders for acid-fast bacillus (AFB) culture and/or smear.|
|Gram stain: No organisms seen.
Culture: No growth at 5 days or no growth at 7 days.