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Time Sensitive

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UUHSC Testing Only
Ordering Recommendation

Identify bacteria in normally sterile body fluids. May assist in differentiating gout from septic arthritis. Anaerobe culture is recommended for body fluids, tissue, and deep wound/surgical cultures. Refer to Anaerobe Culture and Gram Stain (0060143). For CSF, order Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Culture and Gram Stain (0060106). For blood, order Blood Culture (0060102) or Blood Culture, AFB and Fungal (0060024).

Mnemonic
MC BF
Methodology

Stain/Culture/Identification

Performed

Sun-Sat

Reported

Negative at 6 days
Positives as soon as detected

New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Collect

Aspirate of amniotic, culdocentesis, pericardial, peritoneal, synovial, thoracentesis or other normally sterile body fluid.

Specimen Preparation

Transfer 5 mL aspirate to a Sterile Container. (Min: 2 mL) Place each specimen in an individually sealed bag.

Storage/Transport Temperature

Room temperature.

Unacceptable Conditions

CSF or blood. Syringes with needle attached.

Remarks

Specimen source required.

Stability

Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: Unacceptable

Reference Interval

No growth.
Identification and susceptibility 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. Anaerobe culture is NOT included with this order. Anaerobe culture is recommended for body fluids, tissue, and deep wound/surgical cultures. If anaerobe culture is needed, please order Anaerobe Culture (ARUP test code 0060143) and use anaerobic collection device for transportation.  Testing is limited to the university of Utah Health Science Center only.

For CSF, order Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Culture and Gram Stain (ARUP test code 0060106). For blood, order Blood Culture (ARUP test code 0060102) or Blood Culture, AFB and Fungal (ARUP test code 0060024).

Hotline History
N/A
CPT Codes

87070

Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0060108 Culture, Body Fluid 610-6
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Aliases
  • Culture, Body Fluid
Body Fluid Culture and Gram Stain