Culture, Uro-Genital

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Test Code

Alias/See Also
Uro-Genital Culture;
Endocervical Culture;
Genital Culture;
Penile Culture;
Urethral Culture;
Vaginal Culture; 

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

Preferred Specimen
Culture swab. Do NOT refrigerate. Use Sterile container if collecting semen or prostatic fluid. Do NOT refrigerate

If GC is of concern, also inoculate a Jembec GC plate at time of collection, and submit along with swab for optimal GC recovery.

Transport Container
Culture Swab (teal green cap) or Sterile Container

Transport Temperature
Room Temperature

Specimen Stability
Room Temperature = 1 day
Refrigerated = n/a
Frozen = unacceptable

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Swabs received with no source or test indicated on requisition form are delayed in processing.  Frozen specimen.

Conventional Isolation and Identification Techniques.

Setup Schedule
Sunday - Saturday

Report Available
4 days

Clinical Significance
The significance of any isolate(s), in pure or mixed culture, must be assessed with respect to the source cultured, the organism's pathogenic potential, the possibility of colonization versus infection, and the number of other organisms recovered from the same culture.

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.