Bone Culture

Sunquest Code:BONEC  
Epic Code:LAB3331Epic Name:Bone Culture
Synonyms:Culture, Bone
Test Includes:Culture for aerobic and fastidious organisms. Anaerobic culture performed upon request. Requires anaerobic collection.
Turnaround Time:Performed 24 hours/day; preliminary results reported within 24 hours; negative results are reported within 7 days.
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IDDL (Microbiology/Virology) Collection Container Guidelines

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:Visible bone or fragments.
Container:Plastic leakproof container, sterile
Causes for Rejection:Large sections of bone received.

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 Laboratory  (Fairview Range - FRMC, UMMC-East Bank)


Reference Range:No growth.
Use:Establish bacterial etiology of osteomyelitis. In an acute process, aspirate from suspected lesion may be sufficient. In subacute/chronic lesions or those refractory to treatment, bone biopsy may be necessary.

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