Intestinal Aspirate Culture, Quantitative

Sunquest Code:QASPA  
Epic Code:LAB3706Epic Name:Intestinal ASP Culture Quantitative
Methodology:Quantitative culture
Test Includes:Total colony counts of aerobes and anaerobes greater than or equal to 10^5 organisms/mL of specimen described by morphology unless otherwise requested. Wet preparation for motile trophozoites of Giardia lamblia.
Turnaround Time:Performed 24 hours/day; results are reported within 4 days.
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Collection Instructions

Specimen:Intestinal aspirate (liquid)
Optimal Volume:1 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.8 mL
Container:Plastic leakproof container, sterile (Syringe, sterile, no needle)
Collection Instructions:

Deliver specimen to lab on ice.


Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Store on ice
Shipping Instructions:Ship on ice. Must arrive within 24 hours. STAT courier needs to be called if specimen isn't deliverable within 24 hours.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory  (UMMC-East Bank)


Reference Range:No growth.
Use:Evaluate imbalances between aerobic and anaerobic intestinal flora in patients with malabsorption. The addition of a wet prep for Giardia lamblia may be useful in patients with negative tests for Giardia in stool.

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