Culture, Urine

Specimen Type

Test ID   LAB239
EPIC Order
CPT Code   87086
Group/Individual Test   Individual
Laboratory   Clinical Microbiology: 984-974-1805
Tube Station   82
Specimen Routine: Urine: Minimum volume is >/=1 mL.  Specify clean-catch; catheter; acute dysuria; pre-/post-prostatic massage; suprapubic tap. Bagged urine is not suitable for culture. See Comments for additional specimen information.
Availability Routine: 24 hours/7 days; Gram stain by request only
Turnaround Time   24-48 hrs
Reference Range   For routine culture: (Lower detectable limit = 1000 cfu/ml)
[Lower detectable limit for Acute dysuria, Suprapubic tap, and Post-prostatic massage specimen types = 100 cfu/ml]
Comments Deliver within 2 hours of collection.  Refrigerated stability is 8 hours.
NOTE: Bagged urine is not acceptable for culture.
NOTE: Turn-around time may be >48 hrs. if significant growth occurs.

Reviewed by gloria_crawford on February 17, 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