Culture: Anaerobe (Includes Gram Stain)

CPT Code(s):

87075 culture; gram stain CPT codes may vary.


Anaerobic culture


Monday - Friday


2 - 7 days


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 of specimen 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

Collection Procedure:


Reference Values:

Negative for anaerobes

Interpretation Data:



UFHPL Test #: 70010

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