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Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Culture and Gram Stain
0060106
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Identify bacteria in CSF.

Mnemonic
MC CSF
Methodology
Stain/Culture/Identification
Performed
Sun-Sat
Reported
1-5 days
Preliminary: 1 day; Final: 5 days; Positives are reported as soon as detected.
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Submit With Order
Time SensitiveTime Sensitive
ARUP Consult®
Disease Topics
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
 
Collect
CSF. 
Specimen Preparation
Do not refrigerate for bacterial culture. Transfer 1 mL CSF to a sterile container. Place each specimen in an individually sealed bag. 
Storage/Transport Temperature
CRITICAL ROOM TEMPERATURE. 
Unacceptable Conditions
 
Remarks
 
Stability
Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: Unacceptable 
Reference Interval
No growth.
Identification and susceptibility tests are performed on positive cultures.
Interpretive Data


Note
Gram stain, identification, and susceptibility tests are billed separately from culture.
Hotline History
N/A
Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
0060106Culture, Cerebrospinal Fluid11475-1
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Aliases
  • CSF culture and gram stain