Days Set Up
Analytic Time

Preliminary results are reported in 18-24 hours.

MiChart Code
Aerobic Culture/Smear
Soft Order Code

Test Updated:


Body Fluid Culture, Aerobic
Bile, Aerobic Culture
Culture, Body Fluid, Aerobic
Gallbladder, Aerobic Culture
Abscess Fluid, Aerobic Culture
Cyst Fluid, Aerobic Culture
Jackson Pratt, Aerobic Culture
Perihepatic Fluid, Aerobic Culture
Semen, Aerobic Culture
Body Fluid Culture / Gram Stain

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Test Overview

Test Methodology


Test Usage

Isolation and identification of potentially pathogenic organisms

Reference Range

No growth

* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.

Specimen Requirements

Collection Offsite

Acceptable specimen types include abscess, bile, cysts, drainage, gallbladder, Jackson Pratt, Perihepatic fluid, and semen. DO NOT SEND SWABS. Avoid contamination with normal flora from the skin, rectum, vagina, or other body surfaces. Specimen Collection: Cleanse area with soap solution. Remove soap with 70% ethanol. Do not touch prepared skin during collection of specimen.

100ml Plastic Specimen Container
Normal Volume
10.0 mL fluid
Minimum Volume
0.5 mL fluid

Billing Information

CPT Code
87070 Culture, 87205 Smear
Pro Fee Code

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Our High Standard

Quality that sets us apart

As the reference laboratory division of Michigan Medicine's Department of Pathology, MLabs shares the institution's commitment to applying established quality principles to clinical laboratory testing. Like other large organizations in complex, consequential fields, we rely on an established approach to monitor quality throughout the testing process.