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Synonyms Fecal culture, Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter
Description Preferred test for suspected bacterial diarrhea evaluation.
Specimen Requirements 
Container Sterile plastic container or enteric transport media.
Specimen Type Stool; rectal swab
Preferred Collection Volume Stool: 5 grams or mL
Minimum Collection Volume Stool: 1 gram or mL; Swab: 1
Collection Instructions Collect stool preserved in enteric transport media immediately. Transport unpreserved, fresh stool to Microbiology within 2 hours of collection. Collect one sample per day.
Specimen Handling Transport rectal swab or stool in enteric transport media immediately to Microbiology. If transport is delayed keep at 2-8C. Stability (collection to initiation of testing): Unpreserved: ambient: 2 hrs; refrigerated: unacceptable; frozen: unacceptable. preserved: ambient: 4 days; refrigerated: 4 days; frozen: unacceptable.
Rejection Criteria Nonsterile or leaking containers, multiple specimens (more than one in 24 hrs), dry specimens, delayed transport without the use of appropriate preservative.Test is not routinely performed on inpatients after 3 days of admission. New onset of diarrheal illness in such patients is most likely due to other causes, including Clostridium difficile infection.
Methodology Culture/Identification
Reference Range Culture negative for Salmonella, Shigella, and Campylobacter.
CPT Code(s) 87045, 87046
Department Microbiology
Contact Information Ph: 214-633-4940
Turn Around TimePreliminary: negative at 1 day or as soon as positive detected. Final: negative at 2 days.
Performed Daily
Performed by Microbiology
Notes Includes screening for the most common food-borne pathogens: Salmonella, Shigella, and Campylobacter. If other pathogens are suspected such as enterohemorrhagic E. coli, Vibrio, or Yersinia enterocolitica, please order specific cultures for suspected organism.
Updated/Reviewed 12/15/2016