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Eye Culture and Gram Stain
0060142
Ordering Recommendation

Identify bacteria from eye drainage, fluid, or scapings.

Mnemonic
MC EYE
Methodology
Stain/Culture/Identification
Performed
Sun-Sat
Reported
1-7 days
Preliminary: 1 day
Final: Negative at 7 days
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Submit With Order
Time SensitiveTime Sensitive
ARUP Consult®
Disease Topics
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
 
Collect
Drainage, fluid, or scrapings. 
Specimen Preparation
Fluid: Transfer to a sterile container.
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.
Scrapings: Place directly on culture media plates. Media is available from ARUP for direct inoculation, particularly for corneal scrapings. 
Storage/Transport Temperature
Room temperature. 
Unacceptable Conditions
Dry swabs. 
Remarks
Specimen source required. 
Stability
Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: Unacceptable 
Reference Interval
No growth.
Identification and susceptibility tests are performed on positive cultures.
Interpretive Data


Note
Identification and susceptibility tests are billed separately from culture.
CPT Code(s)
87070
Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
0060142Culture, Eye609-8
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Aliases
  • Corneal Culture
  • Culture, Eye
  • Optic Culture
  • Vitreous Fluid Culture