Culture, Brucella

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Use test code CUAFBL for Blood collection.

Test Code

Alias/See Also
Brucella Culture

CPT Codes
87081***When a culture is positive there will be a reflex for each identification and susceptibility

Preferred Specimen
Specimen submitted in sterile, leak proof container.

Transport Container
Sterile Container

Transport Temperature
Room Temperature

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


Setup Schedule

Report Available
3 weeks

Clinical Significance
Brucellosis is a systemic infection that can involve many organs and tissues. Symptoms of brucellosis are acute in approximately half of the cases and insidious in the rest. They usually begin 2-8 weeks after exposure and are non-specific. Patients are sometimes misdiagnosed as having flu (fever, sweats, malaise, anorexia, headache and back pains). An "undulant" fever pattern is observed if patients go untreated for long periods of time. Some patients complain of malodorous sweat and a peculiar taste in the mouth. Mild lymphadenopathy occurs in 10-20 percent and splenomegaly in 20-30 percent of cases. With appropriate treatment most patients recover within weeks to months, although a minority will experience a more delayed recovery.

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.