Culture, Stool

Message
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Vibrio and Yersinia require separate orders: Vibrio order (CULVIB) or Yersinia order (CULYER)


Test Code
CULSTL


Alias/See Also
6649;
Stool Culture;
Feces Culture;
Salmonella,
Shigella,
Campylobacter;
Stl Cul; 


CPT Codes
87045;87046;87427, 87449 ***When a culture is positive there will be a relfex for each identification and susceptibility

Includes
Includes: Salmonella/Shigella, Campylobacter, E-coli (culture and Shigatoxin)


Preferred Specimen
Stool in Carey-Blair media-Orange capped Para-Pak Vial. (minimum 1 gram of stool) 


Transport Container
Stool Culture transport (orange Para Pak)


Transport Temperature
Room Temperature


Specimen Stability
Room Temperature = 1 day preserved/unpreserved
Refrigerated = 1 day preserved/unpreserved
Frozen = unacceptable


Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Frozen specimen. Specimens in PVA or 10% formalin perservative.


Methodology
Conventional Isolation and Identification Techniques including Salmonella and Shigella Sero-Grouping, EIA for Shigatoxin

Setup Schedule
Sunday - Saturday
SALM & SHIG, E. COLI SHIGA = MB; CAMPY & ESCH = BS 


Report Available
7 days


Clinical Significance
Diarrhea may be caused by numerous bacteria and viruses. Stool cultures look for the presence of Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter, and E. coli (Shiga-Toxin Producers). Other organisms, such as Vibrio or Yersinia, may also cause diarrhea and are cultured only be special request.


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


Last Updated: August 31, 2022


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.