Stool Culture for Speciation

Abbrev Code:STOOLSPCX   
Order Code:LAB4173Order Name:Stool Culture for Speciation
Order Instructions:Suspected organism must be listed.
CPT Codes: 87046 x1, 87077 x1
Test Includes:Culture for aerobic flora, Aeromonas, Plesiomonas, Staphylococcus, Bacillus
Turnaround Time:Performed daily; results are reported within 2 days.
Special Instructions:Other pathogens should be specifically requested: See Enteric Pathogen Panel, Clostridioidies (Clostridium difficile) Culture, or Yeast Culture depending on clinical history.
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IDDL Stool Collection Container Guidelines

Collection Instructions

Container:Cary Blair Transport Media or C&S (Fecal swab for low volume stools only)
Alternate Containers: Plastic Leakproof Container or Sterile Stool Transport Vial
Collection Instructions:Collect in clean, dry bedpan or onto newspaper placed over toilet seat. Those portions of stool containing blood, pus or mucus are especially significant.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature. Must arrive within 24 hours.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory   (UMMC East Bank)


Reference Range:No pathogens isolated.
Use:Screen for bacterial overgrowth of potential pathogens in patients treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics; to monitor for nosocomial bacterial acquisitions on intensive care units, etc.

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