Isolate and identify Actinomyces
No growth of anaerobic Actinomyces
Specimens received in anaerobic transport containers are unsuitable for direct smear.
Preliminary results are reported in 24 hours. Negative cultures are reported after 15 days.
- Abscess, Actinomyces
- Anaerobe Culture, Actinomyces
- Bronchus, Actinomyces
- Endometrium, Actinomyces
- Sulfur Granules
- Tissue, Actinomyces
- ACTINOMYCES CULTURE
Abscess, bronchoscopy specimens, endometrial aspirate, IUD, tissue. Collect specimens from the prepared site using sterile technique. AVOID CONTAMINATION WITH NORMAL FLORA FROM ORAL CAVITY, SKIN, RECTUM, VAGINAL TRACT, OR OTHER BODY SURFACES. Specimens with volume greater than 1.0 ml or IUD may be sent without transport but MUST be received within 1 hour of collection. Specimens with volume less than 1.0 ml MUST be sent in anaerobic transport. Indicate current antibiotic therapy and clinical diagnosis.
2. SPECIMENS FROM SITES WHICH HAVE ANAEROBIC BACTERIA AS NORMAL FLORA (e.g. throat or sputum, rectal swabs, cervical-vaginal mucosal swabs, skin and superficial wounds) WILL ROUTINELY BE REJECTED.
3. Specimens MUST be sent in anaerobic transport or sterile cup within 1 hour of collection for IUD.
4. If an unacceptable specimen is received, the client will be notified before disposal of the original specimen.
2 Incubate: No _
3. Refrigerate: No
For optimum recovery, anaerobe specimens should not be stored.
If unable to transport immediately, specimens in anaerobic transport tubes may be held at room temperature for up to 24 hours.
Test includes screen for Actinomyces only. Direct smear and complete culture must be requested separately. Specimen will be examined for the presence of `sulfur granules'.