CEREBROSPINAL FLUID CULTURE (088-0056)
Synonyms: Culture, CSF
CPT 4 Code: 87070
Test Order Mnemonic: C CSF
Test Includes: Gram stain, isolation and identification of bacteria.
Request Form: Microbiology
Collection: Aseptic lumbar puncture.
Storage Instructions: Room temperature. Do not refrigerate.
Causes for Rejection: Insufficient quantity. If there is insufficient volume for all requested tests, the ordering physician must prioritize the orders.
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 4 days
Special Instructions: If there is an insufficient volume of CSF for the tests ordered, the ordering physician will be asked to specify the tests to be done. Place the CSF sample in a separate biohazard bag for cultures from other laboratory tests for rapid processing.
Specimen: CSF, ventricular fluids (please specify on requisition).
Minimum Volume: 0.5 ml
Container: Sterile, leak-proof container; CSF, tube #2
Critical Values: Positive smear or culture, if occurrence
Revised 6/24/2011 by T. Friloux