Days Set Up
Varies; test performed 1-2 times per week
Analytic Time

13 - 30 days

Soft Order Code

Test Updated:


Susceptibility Testing, Nocardia species
Nocardia, Antibiotic Susceptibility

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Test Overview

Test Methodology

Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC)

Test Usage

To determine the susceptibility or resistance of species of nocardiae and other aerobic actinomycetes to antimicrobial agents. Antimicrobials included are amikacin, cefepime, cefotaxime, ceftriaxone, ciprofloxacin, clarithromycin, imipenim, minocycline, sulfamethoxazole, and tobramycin.

Reference Range

Results reported in mcg/ml. The MIC is the minimum concentration required to inhibit the organism.

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

Specimen Requirements

Collection Offsite

Test performed on isolated organism in pure culture. Send infecting mold on Sabouraud dextrose agar slant; agar plates are not acceptable. Place sealed agar slant inside clear, liquid tight SAF-T-PAK bag and seal tape liner. Place sealed bag and requisition inside white biohazard SAF-T-PAK envelope and seal. Transport at room temperature.

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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.