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Test Code SCCSF CSF Culture, LAB268

Performing Laboratory

St. Luke's Hospital Cedar Rapids

Specimen Requirements

1. Submit 1 mL of spinal fluid in a screw-capped, sterile container or capped syringe. Do not refrigerate prior to culturing.

2. Maintain sterility and forward promptly.

3. Includes Gram Stain.

Note: 1. Indicate specimen source on specimen container and in computer.

2. At time of order indicate if spinal fluid was collected from a shunt in the Special Request section of the order.

Reference Values

No growth

Critical value: all positives

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Methodology

Culture with Identification by Conventional Methods

Test Classification and CPT Coding

87070-Culture

87205-Gram stain