Ear Culture

Alternate Name: EAR CX

SAL Code:

1172

CPT:

87070

Loinc:

608-0

Turn Around Time:

1-2 days for preliminary report; 1-4 Days for final

Setup:

Daily

Department:

Microbiology

Methodology:

Traditional culture setup; MICROSCAN Sensitivity and ID (where applicable); Gram stain (where applicable). If culture is positive, antibiotic susceptibilities (MICs) are only performed when appropriate. Feel free to call our microbiology department to discuss any special circumstances that may require additional workup.

Specimen Requirements:

Primary Tube:

Culturette

Primary Substance:

BioMat

Stable Ambient:

48 hours

Rejection Criteria:

Improper samples, samples not labeled correctly, samples that are suspect for contamination.

Clinical Info:

Use this test to determine if there are any microbes present in the outer ear canal that may require therapeutic intervention.

Additional Information:

Identification of potentially infectious agents in outer ear canals. If culture is positive, antibiotic susceptibilities may be performed when appropriate. Differentiating between a "true pathogenic isolate" and a contaminant is not a simple determination. Only a physician that is well versed in the clinical findings of microbiology testing of such cultures should make that determination.

Sample Collection:

Gently swab the outer ear canal with a clean and sterile culturette, after collection insert culturette swab into provided transport tube containing Amies media and transport to laboratory.

Test Limitations:

Prior or current antibiotic therapy may cause negative cultures or delayed growth.

Test Handle Instructions:

Maintain at room temperatrure.

Test Information:

Components:

Component Name CPT Loinc
Preliminary Report 1 -