Test Overview
Test Methodology


Test Usage

Isolate and identify anaerobic organisms.

Reference Range *

No growth of anaerobic bacteria

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

Test Limitations

Identifications will not be performed on cultures yielding 3 or more organisms.
Antibiotic susceptibilities are not performed.

Test Details
Days Set Up
Daily, 24 hrs
Analytic Time

Preliminary results are reported in 12 - 24 hours. Negative cultures are reported after 4 days.

Soft Order Code
  • ANNC
  • Bronchus Culture, Anaerobic
  • Culture, Bronchus, Anaerobe
Specimen Requirements

Use double or triple lumen bronchoscopy procedure to collect specimens from the prepared site using sterile technique. DO NOT SEND SWABS. AVOID CONTAMINATION WITH NORMAL FLORA FROM ORAL CAVITY. Indicate specimen source, collection date/time, current antibiotic therapy and clinical diagnosis on requisition

Normal Volume
0.5 - 5.0 ml, DO NOT SEND SWABS
Minimum Volume
0.5 - 5.0 ml, DO NOT SEND SWABS
Storage Temperature
For optimum recovery, anaerobe specimens should not be stored. Send specimen directly to laboratory.
1.Ambient: yes, up to 24 hrs in transport 2. Incubate: No
3. Refrigerate: No 4. Freeze: No
Rejection Criteria
SPECIMENS FROM SITES WHICH HAVE ANAEROBIC BACTERIA AS NORMAL FLORA (e.g., mouth, throat, sputum, transtrach, endotrach, bronch wash or lavage) WILL ROUTINELY BE REJECTED. If an unacceptable specimen is received, the client will be notified and another specimen will be requested before disposal of the original specimen.
DO NOT SEND SWABS. Specimen must be in anaerobe transport.
Additional Information

Specimens obtained by bronchoscopy are not ideal if the instrument itself becomes contaminated during insertion. Test includes anaerobe culture. Direct smear is included if additional specimen is sent in a sterile tube (NOT anaerobic transport) and direct smear is requested. Specimens for anaerobic culture should be accompanied by a specimen from the same site for aerobic bacterial culture.

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