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Culture- Bacterial, CSF


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

CSF tube 2

N/A 0.5 mL

Sterile container

N/A 0.5 mL

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


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