Abscess Culture

Sunquest Code:ABC  
Epic Code:LAB3258Epic Name:Abscess Culture
Order Instructions:When ordering both a culture and a gram stain in Epic, use Epic Code 03046000091 for an inpatient or 04046000091 for an Ambulatory patient.
Synonyms:Culture, Abscess
Methodology:Culture, AEROBIC
Test Includes:Routine aerobic culture. Anaerobe culture performed upon request. Requires anaerobic collection and transportation.
Turnaround Time:Performed 24 hours/day; preliminary results are reported within 24 hours; final results are reported within 6 days.
Special Instructions:If a Mycobacterium species (AFB, TB), anaerobe, or fungus is suspected, request AFB culture, anaerobe culture, or fungus culture.
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IDDL (Microbiology/Virology) Collection Container Guidelines

Collection Instructions

Specimen:Pus, fluid or aspirated material; tissue or aspirated specimen preferred
Optimal Volume:5 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:1 mL
Container:Plastic leakproof container, sterile (Syringe, sterile, no needle)
Collection Instructions:Prepare surface with povidone iodine solution; let dry. Aspirate purulent material with syringe. Expel air bubbles from syringe; inject sample into sterile container (for aerobic culture) . Deliver to laboratory immediately.

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:Isolate and identify pathogenic organisms.

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