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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.
Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
0060361Culture, Ear608-0
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Aliases
  • Culture, Ear