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Eye Culture and Gram Stain
0060142
Ordering Recommendation

Identify bacteria from eye drainage, fluid, or scapings.

Mnemonic
MC EYE
Methodology
Stain/Culture/Identification
Performed
Sun-Sat
Reported
1-7 days
Preliminary: 1 day
Final: Negative at 7 days
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
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Time SensitiveTime Sensitive
ARUP Consult®
Disease Topics
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
 
Collect
Drainage, fluid, or scrapings. 
Specimen Preparation
Fluid: Transfer to a sterile container.
Swab: Place in Eswab transport media (ARUP Supply #45877) available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect™ or contact ARUP Client Services at (800) 522-2787.
Scrapings: Place directly on culture media plates. Media is available from ARUP for direct inoculation, particularly for corneal scrapings. 
Storage/Transport Temperature
Room temperature. 
Unacceptable Conditions
Dry swabs. 
Remarks
Specimen source required. 
Stability
Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: Unacceptable 
Reference Interval
No growth.
Identification and susceptibility tests are performed on positive cultures.
Interpretive Data


Note
Identification and susceptibility tests are billed separately from culture.
Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
0060142Culture, Eye609-8
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Aliases
  • Corneal Culture
  • Culture, Eye
  • Optic Culture
  • Vitreous Fluid Culture