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Ear Culture and Gram Stain
0060361
Ordering Recommendation

Identify bacteria from ear aspriate or drainage.

Mnemonic
MC EAR
Methodology
Culture/Identification
Performed
Sun-Sat
Reported
1-2 days
Preliminary: 1 day
Final: Negative at 2 days
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
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Disease Topics
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
 
Collect
Collect: Aspirate or drainage. 
Specimen Preparation
Aspirate: Transfer to a sterile container. (Min: 0.1 mL)
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. 
Storage/Transport Temperature
Room temperature. 
Unacceptable Conditions
Swabs of external ear canal without drainage. Dry swabs. 
Remarks
 
Stability
Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: Unacceptable 
Reference Interval
No growth.
Identification and susceptibility tests are performed on pathogens.
Interpretive Data


Note
Identification and susceptibility tests are billed separately from culture.
CPT Code(s)
87070
Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
0060361Culture, Ear608-0
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Aliases
  • Culture, Ear