Culture, Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) [70881]

Test Code

Alias/See Also
CSF Culture;
Joint Fluid Culture

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

Preferred Specimen
At least 1 mL in sterile leak proof container preferred for aerobic culture; more if other cultures are desired.

1. Collect a specimen in a syringe from a well cleaned site.  Skin contaminants introduced during collection may cause a false positive result.
2. Change the needle and dispense into a sterile container.
3. Label and indicate source.

Transport to laboratory IMMEDIATELY.

Transport Container
Sterile Plastic Screw Cap Vial

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

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Frozen specimen

Conventional Isolation and Identification techniques

Setup Schedule
Sunday - Saturday

Report Available
4 days

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

Last Updated: June 11, 2020

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.