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Culture Anaerobic

CPT/HCPCS 87075, 87205
Order Code CULTANA
Turnaround Time up to 14 days
Test Includes

Anaerobic culture and Gram stain

Specimen Requirements
Specimen Source
Tissue and fluids are superior to a swab specimen. See Collection Instructions.
Preferred Specimens
Tissue or fluids. If submitting syringe, remove needle, expel air and cap syringe.
Collection Instructions
(Transport Temperature)
Transport at Room Temperature
Specimen Stability
Temperature Period
Room temperature 48 hours
Refrigerated 48 hours
Frozen Unacceptable
Reject Criteria

Specimens not in anaerobic transport medium, expired transport medium, Throat specimens, Nasopharyngeal specimens, Sputum

Special Instructions

Tissues and fluids are superior to a swab specimen. If swabs must be used, collect 2 anaerobic transport swabs, one for culture and one for gram stain OR submit one ESwab (white-cap) for both culture and gram stain.

Test Details
Anaerobic bacterial culture
Clinical Significance

Deep wound/abscess infections are often caused by a mixture of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria.