Name: Culture, CSF with Gram stain
Test Name: Culture, CSF with Gram stain
Health Link Test Code: HCSFC, GM4210
LIS Test Code: SFC, WASFC
CPT Code(s): 87070, 87015, 87205, 87075; Additional CPT codes may be added for processing, identification, and susceptibility testing.
Gram stain and culture.
Methodology: Culture, Microscopy
Days Performed: Daily.
In-Lab Turnaround Time: Preliminary report: 24 hours. Final report: Up to 10 days.
Specimen: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)
Collection Container: Numbered specimen tube from sterile disposable lumbar puncture tray
Also Acceptable: Sterile screw cap container
Submit tube 2 from lumbar puncture tray, or shunt/ventriculostomy fluid in sterile screw cap container.
Sample Analyzed: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) aliquot
Transport specimen to the laboratory within 2 hours of collection.
Interpretation Type: Expected Results
Critical Calls: yes
Anaerobic culture may also be ordered on shunt/ventriculostomy fluid if collected in anaerobic transport medium (UWHC Central Services item#22000060) or in sterile syringe if received in lab within 30 minutes of collection.
Anaerobic culture for Proprionibacterium species for ventricular and shunt fluid specimens only. For lumbar puncture specimens order Culture, CSF with Gram Stain.
Turnaround time for negative anaerobic culture specimens is 10 days.