Days Set Up
Analytic Time

Preliminary results are reported in 18-24 hours. The health care provider will be notified of positive abdominal, amniocentesis, ascites, dialysate, peritoneal, pleural, pericardial, bone marrow, aqueous fluid, vitreous fluid, or synovial fluid cultures. Negative cultures are reported after 6 days; negative ventricular (shunt) fluid cultures are reported after 10 days.

MiChart Code
Sterile Body Fluid Culture, Aerobic
Soft Order Code

Test Updated:


Abdominal Fluid, Aerobic Culture
Aerobic Culture, Bone Marrow
Amniocentesis Fluid, Aerobic Culture
Aqueous Fluid, Aerobic Culture
Ascitic Fluid, Aerobic Culture
Bone Marrow, Aerobic Culture
Culture, Bone Marrow, Aerobic
Pericardial Fluid, Aerobic Culture
Pleural Fluid, Aerobic Culture
Prostatic Fluid, Aerobic Culture
Synovial Fluid, Aerboic Culture
Thoracentesis Fluid, Aerobic Culture
Ventriculostomy Fluid, Aerobic Culture
Vitreous Fluid, Aerobic Culture
Abdominal Fluid, Aerobic Culture
Bursa Fluid, Aerobic Culture
Paracentesis Fluid, Aerobic Culture
Culture, Body Fluid, Sterile
Sterile Body Fluid Culture / Smear
Peritoneal Fluid, Aerobic Culture

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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 type: abdominal, amniocentesis, aqueous, ascites, bone marrow, bursa, paracentesis, pericardial, peritoneal, pleural, synovial, thoracentesis, bone marrow, ventricular or vitreous. DO NOT SEND SWABS. Avoid contamination with normal flora from other body surfaces.Specimen Collection: Cleanse area with soap solution. Remove soap with 70% ethanol. Apply 1% tincture of iodine. Leave on skin 2-4 minutes for maximum effectiveness. Remove with 70% alcohol. If patient is allergic to iodine, alcohol can be used alone. 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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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.