Leptospira Culture
0060158
Ordering Recommendation
 
Mnemonic
MC LEPTO
Methodology
Culture
Performed
Sun-Sat
Reported
Within 42 days
Positives are reported as soon as detected.
Final: Negative at 6 weeks  
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Submit With Order
Time SensitiveTime Sensitive

Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
CSF or blood should be collected within first week of illness; urine after the first week of illness. Blood is collected per blood culture procedure.  
Collect
Green (sodium heparin) or sodium oxalate. Also acceptable: Bactec aerobic resin bottle or other commercial blood culture bottles, CSF, or urine.  
Specimen Preparation
Blood: Transport 1 mL whole blood in heparin, sodium oxalate tube, or blood culture bottles. (Min: 1 mL)
CSF:
Transport 0.5 mL CSF in a sterile container. (Min: 0.1 mL)
Urine:
Dilute 1 mL urine 1:10 in 1 percent bovine serum albumin within one hour of collection. Transport 4 mL diluted urine in a sterile container. (Min: 0.1 mL)  
Storage/Transport Temperature
Room temperature.  
Unacceptable Conditions
Clotted whole blood or whole blood submitted in anticoagulant other than those listed above. Urine not diluted with bovine serum albumin within 1 hour of collection or urine in preservative.  
Remarks
Specimen source required.  
Stability
Blood culture bottles: Ambient: 48 hours; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: Unacceptable
Other:
Ambient 24 hours; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: Unacceptable  
Reference Interval
Culture negative for Leptospira.   
Interpretive Data
 
Note
Identification and susceptibility tests are billed separately from culture.

Leptospira
spp. may not survive extended transport time or in acidic urine.
CPT Code(s)
87081; 87166
Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart Name
0060158Culture, Leptospira
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Aliases
  • Culture, Leptospira