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Culture- Bacterial, CSF

Components

Name Method Department Units
Culture, CSF Standard microbiologic culture media and techniques
CMI, Microbiology

Battery Members

Culture, Gram stain

Specimen Requirements

CSF, CSF, shunt fluid, CSF, ventricular fluid

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume
Preferred

CSF tube 2

N/A 0.5 mL
Alternate

Sterile container

N/A 0.5 mL
Stability

Room temperature - 8 hour(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Keep at room temperature
  • Protect from cold.

Reasons for Rejection

  • Not received at proper temperature
  • Not received within specified time frame

Comments

Includes cytospin-prepared direct Gram stain. Gram Stain resulted within 2 hours of receipt. Specimens collected via shunt will be cultured anaerobically for Propionibacterium.

CPT Code

  • 87070
  • 87205