Days Set Up
Analytic Time

Preliminary results are reported in 18-24 hours. Negative cultures are reported after 3 days.

MiChart Code
Wound Culture
Soft Order Code

Test Updated:


Abscess, Routine Culture
Wound Culture, Aerobic
Cellulitis Aspirate, Routine Culture
Culture, Wound, Aerobic
Ear, Routine Culture
Pus, Routine Culture
Routine Culture, Wound
Skin, Routine Culture
Umbilical Cord, Routine Culture

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Test Overview

Test Methodology


Test Usage

Isolate and identify potentially pathogenic organisms

Reference Range

No potential pathogens isolated

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

Specimen Requirements

Collection Offsite

Collect pus, exudate from wound, abscess, cellulitis aspirate, ear, skin, urethra or umbilical cord. Avoid contamination with normal flora from skin, rectum, vagina or other body surfaces. For optimum recovery, send immediately. If specimen must be stored, refrigerate immediately after specimen collection. Male patients: Using small swab gently scrape the anterior urethral mucosa or urethral discharge

Normal Volume
1-2 swabs (ESwab) or 0.5-2.0 mL aspirate
Minimum Volume
1 swab (ESwab) or 0.5 mL aspirate

Billing Information

CPT Code
87070 Culture, 87205 Gram Stain
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.