Culture, Anaerobic Bacterium

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Testing will not be performed on specimens not sent in an anaerobic transport device. To order call Client Services (937-297-8260 or 1-800-686-2252 option 1)

Test Code

Alias/See Also
Anaerobic Culture

CPT Codes

Preferred Specimen
Preferred specimen (aspirate, tissue, or fluid) must be submitted in anaerobic transport tube

Specimens which have been aspirated by syringe must be injected into an anarobic transport vial prior to transport to the laboratory. DO NOT SEND SYRINGE. Testing will not be performed on samples not sent in an anaerobic transport device.

Transport Container

Transport Temperature
Room Temperature

Specimen Stability
Room Temperature = 1 day
Refrigerated = unacceptable
Frozen = unacceptable

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Unsuitable body sites are those in which anaerobes are found as usual flora. Specimen is not transported in an anaerobic transport system.  Refrigerated or frozen specimen. 

Conventional Isolation and Identification Techniques

Setup Schedule
Sunday - Saturday

Report Available
7 days

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.

Performing Laboratory
Compunet Clinical Laboratories, LLC
2308 Sandridge Drive
Moraine, OH 45439

Last Updated: December 7, 2021

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.