Orthopedic Culture : 1004849

If multiple samples are submitted from a surgical site, each must have its own requisition and order.

Test Code
ORTHOC or 1004849

CPT Codes
87070, 87075

Culture, Aerobic Bacteria and Culture, Anaerobic Bacteria

If culture is positive, identification will be performed at an additional charge (CPT code(s): 87076 and/or 87077 or 87140 or 87143 or 87147 or 87149). Antibiotic susceptibilities are only performed when appropriate (CPT code(s): 87181 or 87184 or 87185 or 87186).

Tissue samples: aerobic/anaerobic transport system, sterile screw capped container, or anaerobic transport system.

Prosthesis or component: place in sterile container with gauze moistened with non-bacteriostatic saline to prevent drying.

Transport Container
Samples collected surgically. (see collection information)

Transport Temperature

Specimen Stability
Transport as quickly as possible.

Aerobic and Anaerobic Bacterial culture

Setup Schedule
Sunday - Saturday

Report Available
Aerobic: 5 days
Anaerobic: 14 days
Preliminary: Daily
Final: 14 days

Reference Range
No growth

Clinical Significance
This culture procedure is meant specifically for samples from suspected prosthetic joint infections and spinal implants. Evaluation is for organisms associated with these specimen types, in particular Propionibacterium acnes and coagulase negative staphylococci.

Performing Laboratory
med fusion

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.