Days Set Up
Daily,24 hr
Analytic Time

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

MiChart Code
Anaerobic Culture
Soft Order Code

Test Updated:


Abscess, Anaerobe Culture
Wound Culture, Anaerobic
Culture, Wound, Anaerobe
Exudate, Anaerobe Culture
Pus, Anaerobe Culture

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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.

Specimen Requirements


Collect pus or abscess specimens from the prepared site using sterile technique. DO NOT SEND SWAB. AVOID CONTAMINATION WITH NORMAL FLORA FROM SKIN, RECTUM, VAGINA, OR OTHER BODY SURFACES. Specify current antibiotic therapy, and clinical diagnosis.

Normal Volume
1.0 ml of pus from aspirated site, DO NOT SEND SWABS
Minimum Volume
0.5 ml of pus from aspirated site, DO NOT SEND SWABS

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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.