CSF Culture, Anaerobic

Sunquest Code:ANCSF  
Epic Code:LAB3282Epic Name:Anaerobic CSF Culture
Synonyms:Anaerobic Culture, Cerebrospinal Fluid
Test Includes:Culture and identification of fastidious anaerobes from CSF.
Turnaround Time:Performed daily; negative results are reported within 14 days.
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IDDL (Microbiology/Virology) Collection Container Guidelines

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:1 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.5 mL
Container:Anaerobic tube
Collection Instructions:Aspirate into syringe, expel any air from syringe, and inject into anaerobic transport vial.
IDDL recommends the collection of two separate collection containers for aerobic and anaerobic cultures. Additional testing, such as gram staining or aerobic cultures can be performed on an anaerobic sample, but it is not recommended.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Collect specimen in anaerobic collection container or place immediately in anaerobic transport container. Store at room temperature.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at room temperature in red Stat bag. Must arrive within 24 hours.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory  (UMMC-East Bank)


Critical Range:Positive
Reference Range:No growth.
Use:Isolate and identify anaerobic organisms.

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