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Time Sensitive
Ordering Recommendation

Identify bacteria in CSF.

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



No compliance statements are in use for this test.

Note

Gram stain, identification, and susceptibility tests are billed separately from culture.

Hotline History
N/A
Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0060106 Culture, Cerebrospinal Fluid 11475-1
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Aliases
  • CSF culture and gram stain
Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Culture and Gram Stain