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CULTURE ABSCESS BACTERIAL (ABB)

Department: Microbiology
Test Synonym(s): ABB, Abscess culture bacteria
Test Components: Bacterial culture, Gram stain
CPT Codes: 87070: aerobic culture, 87075: anaerobic culture (when appropriate) 87205: gram stain
Methodology: Aerobic and anaerobic culture and gram stain
Reference Range: No growth
Tube Type: Sterile container
Specimen: Abscess: aspirate or purulent material. Specify source.
Temperature: Room temperature
Stability: Send to lab immediately
Reasons for Rejection: Leaking or nonsterile container, excessive delay in transport.
Days Performed: Daily
TAT: Gram stain: 3 hours after arrival in Microbiology Lab Culture: 2-5 days
Significance: Identification and susceptibility tests are performed on significant isolates. Mixed cultures (3 or more organisms) are reported as 'mixed' without workup. Plates are held an additional 4 days in case further testing is needed.
Special Instructions: Gram stain included with culture and has a separate charge. There will be separate charges for organism identification and susceptibility testing when appropriate. If Neisseria gonorrheae is suspected ask for GC culture to be included. Specimens sent from OR will be cultured for aerobes and anaerobes. Other specimens with a high suspicion of anaerobic bacteria should have a note made on the lab requisition and specimen should be sent in anaerobic transport media.

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