Cerebrospinal Fluid Culture

Last Modified: 2/25/2020 11:50:48 AM

Medical Necessity Documentation:  
Client Notes:  
Patient Preparation:  
Specimen Requirements: 2.0 mL CSF in Sterile Tube
Collection Instructions:

Always specify order of importance of CSF tests when multiple ordered

Minimum Volume: 1.0 mL CSF
Neonatal Volume: 1.0 mL CSF preferred / Minimum 0.5 mL CSF
Transport & Storage: Temperature/Stability:
24 hours Ambient
Reference Range: No Growth
Critical Ranges: Positive gram stain; culture
Test Comments: All significant isolates will be worked up for identification and susceptibility if appropriate
Methodology: Routine Culture
Clinical Significance:  
Custom Panel: No


Turn Around Time: Preliminary at 24 & 48 hours, Final at 7 days
Days Performed: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Sites Performed: Parkview Dekalb, Parkview Regional Medical Center
PHL Test Code: CXCSF
EPIC Test Code: LAB268
Alternate Test Names: CSF Culture; Culture, Cerebrospinal Fluid; Culture, CSF
Included Tests: Gram Stain
CPT Coding: 87070, 87205 (Reflexes 87186, 87077)

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