Anaerobic Organism Identification
Ordering Recommendation

Identify cultured anerobe organism. For identification by 16S rDNA sequencing only, refer to Organism Identification by 16S rDNA Sequencing (0060720). For identification AND susceptibility testing, refer to Anaerobic Organism Identification with Reflex to Susceptibility (0060198).

Identification. Methods may include biochemical, mass spectrometry, or sequencing.
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
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ARUP Consult®
Disease Topics
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Actively growing organism in pure culture. 
Specimen Preparation
Transport sealed container with pure culture on agar slant in anaerobic transport pouch or on a swab in anaerobic transport media. Place each specimen in an individually sealed bag. 
Storage/Transport Temperature
Room temperature. If culture is suspected of being a microorganism identified on the IATA list as an infectious substance affecting humans, submit specimen according to Biological Substance, Category A, shipping guidelines. 
Unacceptable Conditions
Mixed cultures or non-viable organisms. 
Specimen source required. 
Ambient: 72 hours; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: Unacceptable 
Reference Interval
Complete identification of clinically significant isolates.
Interpretive Data

Indicate suspected pathogen.

Testing performed and associated charges billed depends on specimen source and type of organism suspected. An additional processing fee will be billed for all mixed cultures, as indicated in specimen requirements.

Submission of mixed cultures will result in delayed turnaround time and increased charges. Isolation of organism should be ensured prior to submission.  Order a separate test for each organism identification required.

For identification by 16s rDNA sequencing only, order Organism Identification by 16s rDNA Sequencing (ARUP test code 0060720). For identification AND susceptibility testing order Anaerobic Organism Identification with Reflex to Susceptibility (ARUP test code 0060198).
CPT Code(s)
87076 and/or 87153; CPT codes for identification vary based on method.
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
0060164Organism Identification, Anaerobic635-3
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