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Culture, Sputum

Order Culture, Cystic Fibrosis when appropriate
Acceptable specimens include Screen for Fungus. If dimorphic fungi suspected, order fungal pathogen screen separately.

See Specimen Acceptibility Criteria

Test ID LAB5800
EPIC Order Lower Respiratory Culture
CPT Code 87070
Group/Individual Test Individual
Laboratory Clinical Microbiology; 984-974-1805
Tube Station 82
Specimen Routine: Deliver in Suitable Sterile Container
Gram stain Yes (by request only samples from cystic fibrosis patients)
Availability Routine: 24 hrs/day, 7 days/week
STAT: Yes (smear)
Turnaround Time 7 days
Reference Range
Comments

Deliver within 2 hrs of collection.
See
Sputum Collection Guidelines.
Fungal DirectBy Request Only.

For cultures on patients with Cystic Fibrosis or Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia(PCD) see CF Sputum Culture

Reviewed by gloria_crawford on February 18, 2016

Note: Reference ranges provided on this web site are for guidance only, and may not reflect the most recent changes. Refer to laboratory reports for current reference data.

UNC Hospitals
McLendon Clinical Laboratories
101 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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