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Epic Test Name CULTURE CSF & GRAM STAIN
Components
Synonyms Culture, CSF
Description Identify bacteria in CSF.
Specimen Requirements 
Container Sterile plastic container (leakproof).
Specimen Type CSF
Preferred Collection Volume 1 mL
Minimum Collection Volume 0.5 mL
Collection Instructions CSF Tube # 2 or 3 at 20 - 25 C. Do not refrigerate for bacterial cultures.
Specimen Handling Stability (collection to initiation of testing): ambient: 24 hrs; refrigerated: unacceptable; frozen: unacceptable.
Rejection Criteria Nonsterile or leaking containers.
Methodology Stain/Culture/Identification
Reference Range No organisms seen.
CPT Code(s) 87205, 87070
Department Microbiology
Contact Information Phone: 214-633-4940
Turn Around TimeGram stain result in < 1 hr. Preliminary: 1 day; Final: 3 days; Positives are reported as soon as detected.
Performed Sunday - Saturday
Performed by Microbiology
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Notes
Updated/Reviewed 12/15/2016


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