Ordering Recommendation

Diagnose anaerobic bacterial infections.

New York DOH Approval Status

This test is New York state approved.

Specimen Required

Patient Preparation

Aspirate, body fluids, tissues, or material collected from areas without normal anaerobic flora.

Specimen Preparation

Place specimen immediately into anaerobe transport media (ARUP supply #16426). Available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect (TM) or contact ARUP Client Services at 800-522-2787.

Storage/Transport Temperature

Room temperature.

Unacceptable Conditions

Specimen from site with normal anaerobic flora. Aerobic conditions.


Specimen source required.


Ambient: 72 hour; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: Unacceptable


Culture/Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization-Time of Flight (MALDI-TOF) Mass Spectrometry/16S rDNA Sequencing




1-6 days
Negative culture reported at 6 days.  Positive culture reported as soon as detected.

Reference Interval

Culture negative for anaerobes.
Identification and susceptibilities performed on positive cultures when appropriate.

Interpretive Data

Compliance Category



Identification and susceptibility tests are billed separately from culture.

Indicate if Actinomyces is suspected.

Contact the laboratory prior to collection of the specimen if consultation on collection containers or transport is needed.

If gram stain is required, order Gram Stain (ARUP test code 0060101).

For University of Utah Hospital and affiliated clinics, anaerobic cultures must be paired with an aerobic culture. Please order appropriate aerobic culture. If aerobic culture is not ordered, the laboratory will order it.

Hotline History


CPT Codes

87075; Identification and susceptibility CPT codes may vary based on method.


Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0060143 Anaerobe Culture 635-3
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  • Actinomyces Culture
  • Anaerobic culture
  • Bacterial Culture, Anaerobic
  • Culture, Anaerobic
Anaerobe Culture