953 Culture, Stool (Comprehensive)

Specimen Type Specimen Stability Reference Range
Stool 24 Hours Normal flora, No growth

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Type: Stool
Container: Sterile Container
Temperature: Refrigerated

Method

Culture

Schedule

Sun-Sat

Turn-Around Time

48-72 hrs

Instructions/Notes

1-2 mL fresh stool specimen in a sterile screw cap leak-proof container or in Cary Blair transport media. Ambient or Refrigerated 24hrs

Clinical Utility

A stool culture is used to detect enteric pathogens such as salmonella and shigella. Yersinia and aeromonas are also cultured. E.coli (Shiga tox 1,2) and campylobacter antigen are also routinely tested.

CPT Codes

87015, 87045, 87046, 87427 X 2, 87899

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