Culture: Wound

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

Preliminary: No growth at 2 days; positive within 2 days

Final: Negative result 5 days; if actinomyces is being ruled out, allow for up to 10 days

Use: 

This test is used to identify anaerobic pathogenic organisms from a specified site.

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 tests are performed on significant isolates.

CPT Code (s): 

87075 culture; Gram stain CPT codes may vary.

Notes: 

UFHPL Test #: 70030

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