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.

Test Limitations

If specimen is refrigerated, N. gonorrhoeae, H. influenzae and other fastidious organisms may not be isolated, even though they are present in the specimen. If the culture grows 3 or more significant organisms, no further identification or susceptibilities will be done except on: Staphylococcus aureus, vancomycin resistant Enterococcus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Acinetobacter baumanii complex, Group A Beta Streptococcus and Streptococcus pneumoniae.

Test Details
Days Set Up
Analytic Time

Preliminary results are reported in 18-24 hours.

Soft Order Code
MiChart Code
Aerobic Culture/Smear
  • BFG
  • 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
Specimen Requirements
Collection Instructions

Acceptable specimen types include abscess, bile, cysts, drainage, gallbladder, Jackson Pratt, Perihepatic fluid, and semen. Fluid may be sent in Eswab transport; 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.

Normal Volume
10.0 mL fluid
Minimum Volume
0.5 mL fluid
Storage Temperature
Refrigerated: Fluid in sterile container up to 24 hrs
Frozen: No
Additional Information

Test includes culture and Gram stain smear if sufficient specimen is received. Potentially pathogenic organisms will be identified. Test includes susceptibility testing of potentially pathogenic organism(s) at an additional charge unless specifically declined. If anaerobic organisms are suspected, an anaerobic culture should be sent. Use of Aerobic BACT/Alert blood culture transport shows improved recovery of bacteria and yeast; if a gram stain is needed, send additional fluid in a sterile tube or container.

CPT Code
87070 Culture, 87205 Smear
Fee Code