Test Overview

Test Methodology


Test Usage

Screen for Campylobacter

Reference Range*

No Campylobacter isolated

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

Test Limitations

Culture screens for Campylobacter only. If other pathogens are suspected, a stool culture should be requested.

Test Details

Days Test Performed


Analytic Time

Preliminary results are reported in 48 hours. Negative cultures are reported after 3 - 4 days.

Soft Order Code


MiChart Code

Campylobacter Culture, Stool



Aerobic Bacterial Culture, Campylobacter

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Specimen Requirements

Offsite Collection Instructions

Collect stool or swab of fresh stool (not rectal swab). Add stool specimen to transport until liquid reaches 'fill' line. Emulsify specimen thoroughly in transport fluid. Stool in transport can be refrigerated up to 72 hrs. Send swab of stool in anaerobic transport within 24 hrs. Diapers or tissue are NOT ACCEPTABLE. No more than 1 specimen per day will be accepted. If multiple samples are needed, send 1 stool specimen on each of 3 consecutive days. If the patient has been hospitalized 4 or more days, please contact the MLabs Client Services Center to have the test approved by the Microbiology Laboratory before sending the specimen. Indicate specimen source and collection date/time on requisition. If an unacceptable specimen is received, the client will be notified before disposal of the original specimen.

Rejection Criteria

Unacceptable specimens include DIAPERS or TISSUE, specimens not in transport and greater than 1 hour old, or more than 1 specimen submitted to the laboratory per day.

Normal Volume

3 mL stool or 1 swab

Minimum Volume

3 mL stool or 1 swab

Additional Information

Stool infections are transmitted within the community and are rarely hospital acquired. If a patient develops diarrhea 4 or more days after hospitalization, there is a very low likelihood that the diarrhea is due to bacterial infection, with the exception of Clostridium difficile. C. difficile toxin testing can be requested any time C.difficile colitis is suspected.

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