Days Set Up
Analytic Time

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

Soft Order Code

Test Updated:


Anaerobe Culture, Cerebrospinal Fluid
CSF, Anaerobe Culture
Culture, CSF, Anaerobe
Spinal Fluid, Anaerobe Culture

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Test Overview

Test Methodology


Test Usage

Isolate and identify anaerobic 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

This test is rarely positive, and is no longer performed as a routine test. A staff physician or a member of Infectious Diseases Service must contact the MLabs Client Services Center and consult with the laboratory regarding clinical necessity for the test before the specimen will be processed. Collect CSF after sterile preparation of aspiration site. AVOID CONTAMINATION WITH NORMAL FLORA FROM SKIN. Indicate specimen source, collection date/time, current antibiotic therapy and clinical diagnosis on requisition.

Anaerobic Transport tube
Normal Volume
0.5 - 5.0 ml CSF
Minimum Volume
0.5 - 5.0 ml CSF

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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.