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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  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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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 .
Maintain specimen at room temperature.
Isolate and identify pathogenic organisms from tissue
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