Nose/Nasopharyngeal Culture


Sunquest Code:NOSEC  
Epic Code:LAB229Epic Name:Nose Culture
Synonyms:Nasal Culture
Methodology:Culture
CPT Code:87070, 87077
Test Includes:Culture for aerobic flora. Does not include Bordetella and Neisseria meningitidis which should be specifically ordered.
Turnaround Time:Performed daily; results are reported within 3 days.
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Collection Instructions

Specimen:Anterior nares swab
Container:CoPan Eswab with larger swab (CoPan Swab with smaller swab, Culturette swab, See Collection Instructions)
Collection Instructions:UMMC, FRH, FSH, FNH, FLH: Use CoPan Eswab FRMC: Use culturette swab for nares specimen.


Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Store at room temperature.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at room temperature. Must arrive within 24 hours.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Lab-Microbiology  (Fairview Range - FRMC, UMMC-East Bank)


Interpretive

Reference Range:No growth, normal flora.
Use:Identification of potential pathogens from nasal lesions.


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