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Test Name: Culture, Nocardia

Test Code(s): NCULT / HCNCULT

CPT Code(s): 87081; Additional CPT codes may be added for processing, identification, and susceptibility testing.

Methodology: Culture

Days Performed: Daily, 24 hours.

Turnaround Time: Stat: Not available stat.
Routine: Preliminary report: 7 days. Final report: Up to 21 days.

Specimen Requirements

Specimen: Sputum, respiratory specimens, tissue, abscess drainage, or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)

Collection Container: Preferred: Sterile screw cap container

Specimen Transport: Transport specimen to UWHC Microbiology (B4/231). Do NOT refrigerate specimen or place on ice.

Unacceptable Criteria: Swabs are not acceptable.

Stability: Ambient: 2 hours
Refrigerated: Not acceptable
Frozen: Not acceptable


Expected Results:


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