Name: Culture, Bone Marrow, Bacteria and Yeast
Test Name: Culture, Bone Marrow, Bacteria and Yeast
Health Link Test Code: HCBCBM
LIS Test Code: BCBM
CPT Code(s): 87040; Additional CPT codes may be added for processing, identification, and susceptibility testing.
Days Performed: Daily.
In-Lab Turnaround Time: Preliminary report: 1 day. Final report: Negative culture 5 days; Positive culture 2 days minimum.
Stat In-Lab Turnaround Time: Not available stat.
Specimen: Bone marrow aspirate
Collection Container: Bactec® Blood Culture Bottle
Submit bone marrow aspirate or aliquot of bone marrow product in aerobic and anaerobic Bactec bottles. An aerobic bottle only may be submitted as anaerobic infection is rare.
Collection Volume: 6 mL
Sample Analyzed: Bone Marrow Aspirate
Testing Volume: 0.5 mL
Transport specimen to the laboratory.
Interpretation Type: Expected Results
Critical Calls: yes
The method used detects aerobic and anaerobic bacteria as well as Candida and Cryptococcus.
Filamenteous Fungus blood cultures should be collected when Malassezia furfur or dimorphic fungi, e.g. Histoplasma capsulatum, are suspected.
For fastidious bacteria, contact the UWHC Director of Microbiology at (608) 263-8710 to discuss appropriate testing methods. If mycobacteria or cytomegalovirus is suspected, see specific entries.