EAR CULTURE (088-0057)
Synonyms: Culture, ear
CPT 4 Code: 87070
Test Order Mnemonic: C EAR
Applies To: Isolation of aerobic bacteria
Request Form: Microbiology
Collection: Aseptic technique - culturette, ear washings or aspirations
Storage Instructions: Room temperature
Causes for Rejection: Mislabeled sample
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 3 days
Special Instructions: Fully describe the sample on requisition (example, outer ear, middle ear aspiration) to assure appropriate processing.
Specimen: Left ear swab, right ear swab, middle ear aspiration
Container: Culturette available through Materials Management
Revised/reviewed 10/21/2011 by T. Friloux