CULTURE,WOUND

Test Code
CWD

CPT Codes
87070

Preferred Specimen
SPECIMEN

Transport Container
SWAB


Transport Temperature
RT- 48 HRS


Setup Schedule
Set Up:
Report Available:

Reference Range
CULTURE, WOUND


Clinical Significance
Reliable culture results are only possible if a good sample is obtained. Samples should be taken aseptically. If pus is present it should be sampled, as it is the best indicator of pathogens.Specimens should be sent as soon as possible, as some organisms will not survive and others will be overgrown by more vigorous strains. This code should be ordered for superficial wounds. If an anaerobic infection is suspected, the code CANA should be ordered. Test code GS should be ordered for a Gram Stain. If the specimen is from a bite, please specify if human or animal bite and, if animal, the type of animal.

Performing Laboratory
LMH -  Microbiology x3758 or 3759



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.