Days Set Up
Daily
Analytic Time

1 - 4 hours

MiChart Code
Gram Stain ONLY (DO NOT ORDER IF ORDERING CULTURE)
Soft Order Code
GSO

Test Updated:

Synonyms

Bacterial Smear
Bacterial Vaginosis
BV
Direct Smear, Bacteria
Direct Smear, Gram Stain
GSO
Smear, Gram Stain
GRAM STAIN ONLY

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Test Overview

Test Methodology

Microscopic exam

Test Usage

To determine presence or absence of bacteria, yeast, white blood cells and/or clue cells.

Reference Range

Depends on site of specimen

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

Specimen Requirements

Collection Instructions

Collect specimen according to instructions for routine culture of specific site. Send in aerobic transport; do not send in anaerobic transport. Refrigerate and send within 24 hours. Indicate specimen source and collection date/time.

100ml Plastic Specimen Container
Normal Volume
0.5 ml or one swab. Separate swab should be sent for culture.
Minimum Volume
0.5 ml or one swab

Billing Information

CPT Code
87205
Pro Fee Code
 
Insurance Auth Info
 
LOINC
664-3

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Our High Standard

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.