Culture, Aerobic & Anaerobic

Culture, Aerobic & Anaerobic

Price $99
Test Benefits

Isolate and identify anaerobic pathogenic organisms; determine susceptibility of isolates (extra charge). When actinomycetes are suspected, a specific request must be made. Anaerobic cultures are indicated particularly when suspected infections are related to gastrointestinal tract, pelvic organs, associated with malignancy, related to use of aminoglycosides, or occur in a setting in which the diagnosis of gas gangrene or actinomycosis is considered. Anaerobic culture is especially indicated when an exudate has a foul odor or if the exudate has a grayish discoloration and is hemorrhagic. Frequently, more than one organism is recovered from an anaerobic infection.


Isolation and identification of potential anaerobic and aerobic pathogens; susceptibility testing if culture results warrant and this price includes additional testing. CPT coding for microbiology and virology procedures often cannot be determined before the culture is performed.

Special Instruction

Some anaerobes will be killed by contact with molecular oxygen for only a few seconds. Overlying and adjacent areas must be carefully disinfected to eliminate contamination with indigenous flora. Ideally, pus or other fluid obtained by needle aspira

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