Culture: Biopsy/Tissue

CPT Code(s):


Specimen Requirements:

Collection: Bone or tissue; please indicate the source of the specimen.

Storage/Transport Temperature: Store the bone sample in a sterile container at 20° – 25° C and send it immediately to UF Health Pathology Laboratories. Submit the specimen according to Biological Substance, Category B, shipping guidelines. Specimens should be kept moist at all times; place sterile, saline-soaked gauze in the container.

Unacceptable Conditions:

  • Specimens in formalin
  • Dry specimens
  • Specimens in a non-sterile container
Stability (collection to initiation of testing):

  • Ambient: 24 hours
  • Refrigerated: Unacceptable
  • Frozen: Unacceptable


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


Anaerobic culture


2 – 7 days

Reference Values:

Negative or non-growth