Cerebrospinal Fluid Culture

Overview

  • EPIC Code:
  • LAB268
  • Soft Test Code:
  • CXCSF
Alternate Names
  • CSF Culture
  • Culture CSF
  • Culture, Cerebrospinal Fluid
  • Culture, CSF
Included Tests

Gram Stain


Specimen Collection & Preparation

Specimen Requirements

2.0 mL CSF in Sterile Tube

Alternate Specimen

Acid Fast smear and culture requires additional 1.0 mL. Fungus smear and culture requires additional 1.0 mL. Virology tests require additional 2.0 mL.

TransportAndStorage

24 hours Ambient

Collection Instructions

Always specify order of importance of CSF tests when multiple ordered

Clinical Interpretation

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

Production Schedule

Sites Performed
  • Parkview Regional Medical Center
Days Performed
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Departments
  • Microbiology
Turn Around Time

Preliminary at 24 & 48 hours, Final at 7 days


Coding & Compliance

CDM

01412718


CPT Coding

87070, 87205 (Reflexes 87186, 87077)