Nocardia Culture and Gram Stain
0060093
Ordering Recommendation
Submit With Order
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.
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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Cross References
  • Actinomycetes
  • Culture, Nocardia
  • Nocardia gram-stain and culture