Culture, Nose

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Test Code

Alias/See Also
Nose Culture; Culture,
MRSA (MRSA Culture);
Nasopharyngeal Culture;
NP Culture;

CPT Codes
87070*** When a culture is positive there will be a reflex for each identification and susceptibility performed

Preferred Specimen
Culture swab.

Immobilize the patient's head and insert the swab into the nostril to the posterior nares. Leave it in place for a few seconds and remove.

Transport Container
Culture Swab (teal green cap)

Transport Temperature
Room Temperature

Specimen Stability
Room Temperature = 2 days
Refrigerated = 2 days
Frozen = unacceptable

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Processing of specimen will be delayed if test is not indicated on requisition.  Frozen specimen. 

Conventional Isolation and Identification Techniques. Susceptibilities will be performed on appropriate isolates.

Setup Schedule
Sunday - Saturday

Report Available
4 days

Clinical Significance
Culture of the nose (as opposed to nasopharynx) is primarily for the detection of Staphylococcus aureus. The significance of other organisms is difficult to assess since this site and its discharges can easily be colonized by a variety of organisms.

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.