Sinus Culture

Sunquest Code:SINUSC  
Epic Code:LAB3743Epic Name:Sinus Culture
Order Instructions:When ordering both a culture and a gram stain in Epic, use Epic Code 03046000100 for an inpatient or 04046000100 for an Ambulatory patient.
Test Includes:Culture for aerobic flora including Haemophilus. Anaerobic cultures and fungal cultures require a specific request and anaerobic collection.
Turnaround Time:Performed daily; results are reported within 3 days.
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IDDL (Microbiology/Virology) Collection Container Guidelines

Collection Instructions

Specimen:Aspirate or evacuation of sinus
Optimal Volume:1 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.5 mL
Container:Plastic leakproof container, sterile (CoPan ESwab with smaller swab, CoPan ESwab with larger swab)

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, normal flora.
Use:Isolate and identify microorganisms associated with acute and chronic sinusitis. Direct sinus aspirates have the most selectivity. The role of anaerobes has been emphasized in chronic disease.

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