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Test Code SCSTL Stool Culture,LAB223

Performing Laboratory

St. Luke's Hospital Cedar Rapids

Specimen Requirements

Submit only 1 of the following specimens:

 

Preserved stool specimen - Preferred:

Specimen in Cary Blair or enteric transport media (ETM) preservative.  Must be kept refrigerated and arrive in the lab within 72 hours of collection.

 

Do not send specimen if procedures with barium has been given in the past 5 days.

 

1. Submit 2 tablespoons of stool in Cary Blair or ETM preservative. (Do not contaminate stool specimen with urine.) Specimen collection devices are available upon request from the lab.  Only 1 specimen per day will be accepted.

2. Maintain sterility and forward promptly.

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

 

Fresh Stool - Alternate:

Specimen must be refrigerated and arrive in laboratory within 2 hours of collection.

 

Do not send specimen if procedures with barium has been given in the past 5 days.

 

1. Submit 2 tablespoons of freshly passed stool in a screw-capped, sterile container. (Do not contaminate stool specimen with urine.) Only 1 specimen per day will be accepted.
2. Maintain sterility and forward promptly. 

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

Reference Values

No enteric pathogens

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Methodology

Culture with Identification by Conventional Methods

Includes isolation and identification of enteric pathogens from stool and other gastrointestinal specimens. Specimens are screened for Aeromonas, Campylobacter, Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli, Salmonella, Shigella, and an increase of yeast, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Staphylococcus aureus.

Note: Does not include Gram stain unless it is specifically requested.

Test Classification and CPT Coding

87045-Stool with isolation and preliminary examination
87046 x 2-Stool, additional pathogens

87899 x 2-Shiga toxin testing

87205-Gram stain, upon request only (if appropriate)