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.
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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Isolate and identify potentially pathogenic organisms.
* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.
Specimen type: CSF, DO NOT SEND SWABS. Cleanse area with soap solution, remove soap with 70% ethanol. Apply 1% tincture of iodine. Iodine must remain on skin 2 - 4 minutes for maximum effectiveness. Remove with 70% alcohol. If patient is allergic to iodine, alcohol alone can be used. DO NOT touch prepared skin during collection of specimen. Avoid contamination with normal flora from skin or other body surfaces. Indicate current antibiotic therapy and clinical diagnosis. Send to laboratory or MLABS immediately.