Ordering Recommendation

Identify Brucella in blood, CSF, body fluids, and abscesses.

Mnemonic
MC BRUC
Methodology

Culture/Identification

Performed

Sun-Sat

Reported

Negative at 22 days
Positives as soon as detected

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

Blood in sterile SPS Vacutainer® tube for microbiology (ARUP Supply #24964) or Bactec® Blood Culture bottles. Available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect™ or contact ARUP Client Services at (800) 522-2787. OR abscess, aspirate, body fluid, CSF, or tissues.

Specimen Preparation

Adult Blood: Transport 7 mL whole blood. (Min: 3 mL)*
Pediatric Blood: Transport 3 mL whole blood. (Min: 1 mL)*
Abscess, Aspirate, Body fluid, CSF: Transfer to a sterile container. Place each specimen in an individually sealed bag.
Tissue: Transfer tissue to a sterile container and place on gauze moistened with sterile non-bacteriostatic saline to prevent drying.
*Low volume will result in decreased recovery of pathogens.

Storage/Transport Temperature

Room temperature.

Unacceptable Conditions

Swabs. Specimens submitted in anticoagulant other than SPS. Clotted blood specimens.

Remarks

Specimen source preferred.

Stability

Ambient: 48 hours; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: Unacceptable

Reference Interval

Culture negative for Brucella species.

Interpretive Data



Compliance Category

Standard

Note

An additional fee will be added to blood specimens for confirming a negative result.

Hotline History
N/A
CPT Codes

87081; Identification CPT codes may vary based on method

Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0060159 Culture, Brucella 552-0
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Aliases
  • Culture, Brucella
Brucella Culture