Misc Anaerobe Culture

Test Code

CPT Codes

Preferred Specimen

Any source except blood, fluid, genital, respiratory, stool or urine.


Collect specimen aseptically; transport in a sterile container or dual culturette swab in port-a-cult. Avoid swab collections when possible for swabs absorb the specimen and severely reduce specimen volume for culture.

Transport Container

Sterile Container or Dual Culturette Swab in port-a-cult transport tube.

Transport Temperature
RT up to 2 hrs then 2-8 C

Specimen Stability
2-8 C for up to 24 hrs.

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Improperly labelled; Improper storage/transport


Setup Schedule
Daily upon receipt

Report Available
5 days

Reference Range
No Anaerobes Isolated

Clinical Significance

Anaerobic bacteria cause a variety of human infections. Proper specimen collection and transport, media and incubation are important criteria for the recovery of anaerobes. The results of anaerobic cultures assist the clinician with diagnosis and treatment of patients with anaerobic infections.

The CPT Codes provided in this document are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed. Any Profile/panel component may be ordered separately. Reflex tests are performed at an additional charge.