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|60683:BODY FLUID AEROBIC CULTURE & GRAM STAIN|
|Methodology:||Culture / Microscopic Exam|
|Released:||Preliminary at 1, 2, 3, and 4 days. Final at 5-7 days.|
|CPT Code:||87205 / 87070|
|Specimen Collection Details|
|Collection:||Any normally sterile body fluid avoiding contamination with normal flora. Use anaerobic transport system or sterile syringe with air expelled, or other sterile container. Also acceptable but not recommended: Sterile 4 mL green top tube (heparin). Do not refrigerate.|
|Handling:||If syringe is submitted, needle must be removed and syringe capped.|
|Stability:||24 hours ambient. Unstable frozen.|
|Standard Volume:||2 mL fluid.|
|Minimum Volume:||1 mL fluid.|
|Comments:||Potential pathogens will be identified including select anaerobic organisms. Susceptibility testing will be done if appropriate. Additional charges will be added for these tests.|
|Rejection Criteria:||Unsterile container; specimen 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.