Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Culture and Gram Stain
0060106
 
Time SensitiveTime Sensitive
Ordering Recommendation
Mnemonic
MC CSF
Methodology
Stain/Culture/Identification
Performed
Sun-Sat
Reported
1-5 days
Preliminary: 1 day; Final: 5 days; Positives are reported as soon as detected.
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
 
Collect
CSF.  
Specimen Preparation
Do not refrigerate for bacterial culture. Transfer 1 mL CSF to a sterile container. Place each specimen in an individually sealed bag.  
Storage/Transport Temperature
CRITICAL ROOM TEMPERATURE.  
Unacceptable Conditions
 
Remarks
 
Stability
Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: Unacceptable  
Reference Interval
No growth.
Identification and susceptibility tests are performed on positive cultures.
Interpretive Data
Note
Gram stain, identification, and susceptibility tests are billed separately from culture.
CPT Code(s)
87070
Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart Name
0060106Culture, Cerebrospinal Fluid
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Cross References
  • CSF culture and gram stain