Culture: Body Fluid (Includes Gram Stain)

Additional Information:

Epic order code: LAB269

CPT Code(s):

  • 87070/87075 culture
  • Gram stain CPT codes may vary,

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


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


Anaerobic culture


2 - 7 days

Reference Values:

No growth.

Identification and susceptibility performed on positive cultures.


Monday - Friday