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Culture, Eye

Mnemonic

C EYE

Includes

Gram stain and susceptibility, if generally applicable. Corneal rings do not include Gram stain.

Guidelines

May include eyelid margin, lacrimal sac, conjunctiva, corneal scrapings, corneal ring or vitreous humor. Obtain media from lab for corneal scraping direct inoculation. Separate order and collection needed for virus, chlamydia or fungus.

Specimen Collection Requirements

Patient Preparation

Obtain specimen before topical medications applied.

Collect

Drainage, aspirate using a culture collection and transport swab  or mini-swab, or syringe.

View Swab Collection Guide

Vitreous & other eye fluids can be inoculated directly into a pediatric blood culture bottle 361886; before inoculating into bottle, flip off the yellow top and rub down the rubber stopper with alcohol.

 

Handling

Submit capped syringe with needle removed or fluid in sterile container. Corneal rings in anaerobic transport or sterile container. Label as to right or left eye.

Minimum Volume

1 swab, 0.5 mL

Transport

Room temperature ASAP

Rejection Criteria

Frozen, refrigerated or dry specimen, leaking or nonsterile containers

Stability

Ambient: 24 hours in transport media

Testing Information

Performed

7 days/week

Reported

Preliminary Negative: 1 day; Final Negative: 2-5 days.

Method

Standard Aerobic Bacterial Culture, Anaerobe Culture if surgical specimen

Reference Values

Reference Values

No growth, normal skin flora

Comments

Additional charges for identification of organisms (CPT 87077). Susceptibility tests are performed as applicable (CPT 87186, 87184, 87181, 87147).

CPT Codes

87070, 87075, 87205 (87077, 87186, 87184, 87181, 87147 as needed)

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 16, 2020 01:46:37 AM


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