Days Set Up
Daily, 24 hrs
Analytic Time

Preliminary results are reported in 12-24 hours. Negative cultures are reported after 3 days. The health care provider will be notified of positive smears or cultures.

MiChart Code
CSF Culture, Lumbar Only (Includes Gram Stain and Suscept)
Soft Order Code

Test Updated:


Aerobic Culture, Cerebrospinal Fluid
CSF, Routine Culture
Culture, CSF, Aerobic
Routine Culture, CSF
Routine Culture, Spinal Fluid
Spinal Fluid, Routine Culture

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Test Overview

Test Methodology


Test Usage

Isolate and identify 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

Normal Volume
1 ml CSF
Minimum Volume
0.5 - 1.0 ml CSF

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.