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Catheter Tip Culture (8000100265)
Test Mnemonic:


Specimen Requirements:

Culture that is semi-quantitative and for the isolation of aerobic bacteria, includes susceptibility testing when appropriate.




<=24 hours

Causes for Rejection:

Foley catheter tip

Reference Range:

No aerobic bacteria isolated.

Turnaround Time:

3-4 days

Clinical Indication:

Fully describe the type or location of the catheter tip on requisition to assure appropriate processing. Submit a length of 5cm for culture.


CPT 4 Code:

87070, additional codes if indicated

When ordering tests for which Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement will be sought, physicians should only order tests that are medically necessary for the diagnosis or treatment of the patient. Components of the organ or disease panels may be ordered individually. The diagnostic information must substantiate all tests ordered and must be in the form of an ICD-10 code or its verbal equivalent.
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