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Tissue Culture

CPT: 87070

Test Includes

Culture; isolation and identification of potential aerobic pathogens (additional charges/CPT code[s] may apply). Susceptibility testing if culture results warrant (at an additional charge). Gram Stain [008540] is recommended with all tissue cultures (additional charge). CPT coding for microbiology and virology procedures often cannot be determined before the culture is performed. Requests with only a written order and no test number indicated will be processed according to Default Testing for Routine Microbiology.

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Microbiology Specimen Collection and Transport Guide

Specimen Requirements


Tissue not in formalin


Sterile screw capped vial, anaerobic culture transport, bacterial culture transport swab with media, or sterile cup


Contamination with normal flora from skin, rectum, vaginal tract, or other body surfaces should be avoided. If anaerobes are suspected, order Anaerobic Culture, Extended Incubation [008900].

Storage Instructions

Maintain specimen at room temperature.

Stability Requirements



Room temperature

48 hours

Causes for Rejection

Improper labeling

Test Details


Isolate and identify pathogenic organisms from tissue



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