Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Culture and Gram Stain
0060106
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.
Submit With Order
Time SensitiveTime Sensitive

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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Aliases
  • CSF culture and gram stain