Nocardia Culture and Gram Stain
0060093
Ordering Recommendation
 
Mnemonic
MC NOC
Methodology
Culture
Performed
Sun-Sat
Reported
Within 14 days
Positive: As soon as detected
Final: Negative at 14 days  
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Submit With Order
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
  
Collect
Aspirate, fluid, respiratory specimen, or tissue.  
Specimen Preparation
Fluid: Transfer to a sterile container. Tissue: Place on gauze moistened with sterile non-bacteriostatic saline to prevent drying and transport in sterile container.  
Storage/Transport Temperature
Room temperature.  
Unacceptable Conditions
  
Remarks
Identification is by DNA sequencing for most isolates.  
Stability
Ambient: 72 hours; Refrigerated: 72 hours; Frozen: Unacceptable  
Reference Interval
Culture negative for Nocardia species.  
Interpretive Data
 
Note
If positive, identification is billed separately.  For susceptibility testing, order Antimicrobial Susceptibility - Nocardia (0060193).  Susceptibility testing should be performed on all significant Nocardia isolates. Culture also detects other actinomycetes (Streptomyces, Rhodococcus, Gordona, Tsukamurella, etc.). To submit a Nocardia isolate for identification, order Aerobic Organism Identification (ARUP test code 0060115).  To submit a Nocardia isolate for identification AND susceptibility, order Aerobic Organism Identification with Reflex to Susceptibility (ARUP test code 0065070).
CPT Code(s)
87070
Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart Name
0060093Culture, Nocardia
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Aliases
  • Actinomycetes
  • Culture, Nocardia
  • Nocardia gram-stain and culture