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CULTURE MISC SOURCE BACTERIAL (MSB)

Department: Microbiology
Test Synonym(s): MSB
Test Components: Bacterial culture, Gram stain
CPT Codes: 87070: aerobic culture, 87075: anaerobic culture (when appropriate) 87205: gram stain
Methodology: Culture and gram stain
Tube Type: Sterile container
Specimen: Specify source
Temperature: Room temperature
Stability: Send to lab immediately
Reasons for Rejection: Non sterile or leaking container. Excessive delay in transport.
Days Performed: Daily
TAT: Gram stain: 3 hours after arrival in Microbiology Lab, culture: 2-5 days
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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