Culture: Body Fluid (Includes Gram Stain)

Anaerobic culture
Monday - Friday
2 - 7 days
Reported Notes: 

Preliminary Report: Available when the test is negative after one day of growth

Final Report: Available when the test is positive at 1 - 4 days or negative at 4 days


This test is used to identify anaerobic pathogenic organisms from body fluid.

Specimen Requirements: 

Collection: Specimens, such as pus, fluids, tissues or material collected from a wound, abscess or aspirate, must be collected in an anaerobic transport tube. We recommend collecting 0.5 mL from the aspirated site in an anaerobic transport tube.

Storage/Transport Temperature: Store samples in an anaerobe transport container at 20° - 25° C. Submit specimens according to Biological Substance, Category B, shipping guidelines.

Unacceptable Conditions:
  • Refrigerated specimens
  • Specimens from the site with normal anaerobic flora
  • Non-sterile or leaking containers
  • Non-anaerobic containers
  • Delayed transport to lab
Stability (collection to initiation of testing):
  • Ambient: 24 - 72 hours
  • Refrigerated: Unacceptable
  • Frozen: Unacceptable
Reference Values: 

No growth.

Identification and susceptibility performed on positive cultures.

CPT Code (s): 
  • 87070/87075 culture
  • Gram stain CPT codes may vary,

UFHPL Test #: 70020

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