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Ear Culture, Bacterial (8000100354)
Test Mnemonic:

Culture, ear; Bacterial ear culture; Ear bacterial culture; Middle ear culture

Specimen Requirements:

Fully describe the sample source on the requisition form (example - outer ear, middle ear aspiration, etc.) to insure appropriate processing.



Sterile container if aspirated


Room temperature or refrigerated


<=48 hours

Reference Range:

No organisms isolated. 

Turnaround Time:

3-4 days




Clinical Microbiology 

CPT 4 Code:

87070, additional CPT 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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