FECES CULTURE (088-0507)(088-0518)
Synonyms: Culture, feces; Stool Culture
CPT 4 Code: 87045, 87046x2
Test Order Mnemonic: C FECES
Applies To: Isolation of Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter and E. coli 0157:H7 species
Request Form: Microbiology
Collection: Collect feces without water or urine in a clean, leak-proof container.
Storage Instructions: Refrigerate.
Causes for Rejection: Leaking container, specimens contaminated with urine or water, duplicate specimens within 24 hours from same source, specimens from patients hospitalized for more than three days.
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: Indicate requests for culture of organisms other than those listed above. Vibrio, Yersinia, enterohemorragic E. coli, and E.coli 0157 requests are processed separately. Culture is performed by special request only for patients who developed diarrhea after hospitalized of more than 3 days.
Specimen: Feces, stool, rectal swab
Container: Clean, leak-proof container
Revised/reviewed 8/11/2011 by T. Friloux