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Culture Respiratory

CPT/HCPCS 87070, 87205
Turnaround Time up to 14 days
Test Includes

Aerobic culture and Gram Stain. If culture is positive, identification will be performed at an additional charge (CPT code(s): 87077 or 87140 or 87143 or 87147 or 87149). Antibiotic susceptibilities are only performed when appropriate (CPT code(s): 87181 or 87184 or 87185 or 87186).

Specimen Requirements
Specimen Source
Early morning expectorated sputum from deep cough
Transport Container
(Specimen Container)

Sterile Transport Container

Preferred Specimens
Collection Instructions
(Transport Temperature)
Transport Refrigerated (cold packs)
Specimen Stability
Temperature Period
Room temperature 2 hours
Refrigerated 48 hours
Frozen Unacceptable
Reject Criteria

Any specimen >48 hours old, Sputum specimens with >25 epithelial cells per low power field, 24-hour pooled sputum, Received frozen

Test Details
Culture and sensitivity
Clinical Significance

Isolation of potential respiratory pathogens can be useful in the diagnosis of respiratory tract infection. This specimen may contain normal oral flora. The significance of any isolate must be evaluated with this in mind.