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Test Name: Bartonella henselae (Cat Scratch), Culture

Test Code(s): VARIES

CPT Code(s): 87070, 87176

Test Description: Test Component:

Culture for Bartonella henselae

Clinical Significance: Detect the presence of Bartonella henselae, the causative agent of Cat Scratch Disease.

Specimen Requirements

Specimen: Tissue

Collection Instructions: See Additional Information section.


Additional Information:

Acceptable sites include skin and liver biopsies. Submit specimen in a sterile screw cap container. 


Contact Microbiology lab (263-8710) if Bartonella is suspected.


Refer to test directory entry for Bartonella henselae Ab, IgG and IgM.

B. henselae

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