Yersinia Culture [4487X]

Test Code

CPT Codes

If culture is positive, an identification will be performed at an additional charge (CPT code(s): 87077).
Antibiotic susceptibilities are only performed when appropriate (CPT code(s): 87186).

Preferred Specimen
1 g or 1 mL stool collected in Cary-Blair stool culture transport medium

Other Acceptable Specimens
Rectal swab in Amies or Cary-Blair stool culture transport medium

Collect in clean, dry container and then transfer a minimum of 1 gram or 1 mL into a Cary-Blair stool culture transport medium. Fluid level should reach line on vial.

Transport Temperature
Room temperature

Specimen Stability
Cary-Blair transport
Room temperature: 96 hours
Refrigerated: 96 hours
Frozen: Unacceptable
Amies transport
Room temperature: 48 hours
Refrigerated: 48 hours
Frozen: Unacceptable

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Unpreserved at any temperature • Frozen specimens in Cary-Blair stool culture transport • Expired transport medium • Specimen in diaper • Parasitology transport vial

Bacterial Culture • Aerobic Isolation and Identification Procedures

Setup Schedule
Set up: Daily a.m., p.m., night shift; Report available: 3 days

Reference Range
Not isolated

Clinical Significance
Yersinia enterocolitica causes a variety of symptoms depending upon the age of the patient. In children, symptoms often include fever, abdominal pain, and bloody diarrhea.

Performing Laboratory
Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute
14225 Newbrook Drive
Chantilly, VA 20153

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.