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Feces Culture, Bacterial (8000100142)
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Specimen Requirements:

Unpreserved feces in a sterile container must be delivered to the lab refrigerated within 24 hours of collection.

Feces in Caryblair/Fecalswab is acceptable at room temperature within 48 hours post collection, or, if refrigerated, within 72 hours post collection.


Sterile container, Caryblair/Fecalswab


Refrigeration (2-8C) preferred

Causes for Rejection:

Specimens from patients who have been hospitalized 3 days or greater will be canceled.


Reference Range:

No Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter, or E. coli O157:H7 isolated.

Turnaround Time:

3 - 5 days




Clinical Microbiology Laboratory


Stool culture

Clinical Indication:

Diarrhea caused by bacterial intestinal pathogens

CPT 4 Code:

87045, 87046, 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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