BONE MARROW CULTURE (088-0054)
Synonyms: Culture, bone marrow
CPT 4 Code: 87070
Test Order Mnemonic: C BF or C BFBN if submitted in Bactec blood bottle
Test Includes: Gram stain; isolation of aerobic bacteria; and antimicrobial susceptibility testing when appropriate
Request Form: Microbiology
Collection: Aseptically aspirate bone marrow into a Pediatric Isolator tube or a sterile heparin tube; inoculate Bactec Blood Culture Bottle if possible.
Storage Instructions: Room temperature
Causes for Rejection: Insufficient quantity, submission of container other than a Pediatric Isolator tube or heparin tube, clotted specimens may result in false negative cultures.
Availability: Samples are accepted 24 hours per day at the Microbiology Processing Laboratory, Room 5.137 McCullough.
Turnaround Time: Preliminary report after 1 day; final report after 5 days
Specimen: Bone marrow aspirate
Volume: 1.5 ml
Container: Pediatric Isolator tube (1.5 ml), green topped heparin tubes, or Bactec Blood bottles available through Materials Management
Revised 6/22/2011 by T. Friloux