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Lab Dept:


Test Name:


General Information

Lab Order Codes:



Culture, Bacterial identification

CPT Codes:

87077 - Aerobic isolate, additional methods required for definitive identification of isolates
87076 – Anaerobic isolate

Test Includes:

Identification of a specific bacterial isolate. Susceptibilities will be performed if requested.


Lab Testing Sections:


Phone Numbers:

MIN Lab: 612-813-5866

STP Lab: 651-220-6555

Test Availability:

Daily, 0700 - 1530

Turnaround Time:

2 - 6 days

Special Instructions:

Specimen site and date/time of collection are required for specimen processing.


Specimen Type:

Send agar slant, thioglycollate tube or agar plate inoculated with organism to be identified. Organism must be pure and actively growing.


Place agar slant, thioglycollate tube or agar plate in a proper transport container and labeled as a Biohazard/Etiological Agent. Transport at room temperature. Must arrive within 24 hours.

Sample Rejection:

Organism non-viable; improperly labeled specimen



Cook, JH, and M Pezzlo (1992). Specimen receipt and accessioning. Section 1. Aerobic bacteriology, 1.2.1-4. In HD Isenberg (ed) Clinical Microbiology Procedures Handbook. American Society for Microbiology, Washington DC

Miller, J Michael (1999) A Guide To Specimen Management in Clinical Microbiology, American Society for Microbiology, Washington DC

Miller, J Michael, and HT Holmes (1999) Specimen Collection, Transport, and Storage In PR Murray et al, (ed), Manual of Clinical Microbiology, 7th edition, American Society for Microbiology, Washington DC, pp 33-104

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