Botulism, Diagnosis of

Abbrev Code:XMISC   
Order Code:LAB4909Order Name:Laboratory Miscellaneous Order
CPT Codes: x1
Special Instructions:The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) accepts specimens (by arrangement only) for animal toxicity tests and cultures. Physician must consult with the Department of Epidemiology at MDH (651-201-5414) to provide clinical data and find out proper specimen type.

Collection Instructions

Specimen:See Collection Instructions
Optimal Volume:Specimen types usually consist of 10 mL blood in red (plain, no gel) tube, 50-81 g stool, intestinal or rectal swab for toxin and culture
Minimum\Peds Volume:6 mL blood in red (plain, no gel) tube; 25 g stool or intestinal; or rectal swab for toxin and culture
Container:Sterile tube, Red (no gel)
Collection Instructions:


6-10 mL in red (no gel)


25-50 grams

Vomit or gastric content

20 mL in an anaerobic transport system

Rectal swabs are acceptable for toxin and culture in infants



Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Consult Specimen Management.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Lab Sendouts  (Minnesota Department of Health)

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