CULTURE, CEREBROSPINAL FLUID

Mnemonic

CULTURE, CEREBROSPINAL FLUID

Synonym

CSF Culture

Includes

Gram stain and susceptibility, if generally applicable.

Guidelines

Preferably, submit the third tube collected for culture to reduce skin flora contamination.

Specimen Collection Requirements

Collect

Cerebrospinal Fluid

Handling

Collect in a sterile, screw cap container.

Preferred Volume

1.0 mL for every test requested

Minimum Volume

0.5 mL

Transport

Room temperature STAT

Rejection Criteria

Frozen specimens, leaking or nonsterile containers

Stability

Ambient: <24 hour

Testing Information

Performed

7 days/week

Method

Standard Bacterial Culture

Referral Lab

Samaritan Health Services

Reference Values

Reference Values

Negative

Critical Values

Positive stain or culture

CPT Codes

87070, 87205

Last Updated: Thursday, September 13, 2018 12:16:44 PM