Test Catalog

Test ID: SALMC    
Salmonella Culture, Feces

Method Description Describes how the test is performed and provides a method-specific reference

The fecal specimen is inoculated onto hektoen enteric agar, a selective and differential agar designed to recover Salmonella species, and the enrichment broth, selenite F. After incubation, suspect Salmonella colonies are identified using one or a combination of the following techniques: matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time of flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry, conventional biochemical tests, carbon source utilization, serologic methods, and/or nucleic acid sequencing of the 16S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene. Isolates are reported as Salmonella species, not serovars Paratyphi A/Typhi, Salmonella enterica subspecies enterica serovar Typhi, or Salmonella enterica subspecies enterica serovar Paratyphi A.(Pillai DR: Fecal culture for aerobic pathogens of gastroenteritis. In Clinical Microbiology Procedures Handbook, Fourth edition. Washington, DC, ASM Press, 2016, Section 3.8.1)

PDF Report Indicates whether the report includes an additional document with charts, images or other enriched information


Day(s) and Time(s) Test Performed Outlines the days and times the test is performed. This field reflects the day and time the sample must be in the testing laboratory to begin the testing process and includes any specimen preparation and processing time required before the test is performed. Some tests are listed as continuously performed, which means assays are performed several times during the day.

Monday through Sunday 

Analytic Time Defines the amount of time it takes the laboratory to setup and perform the test. This is defined in number of days. The shortest interval of time expressed is "same day/1 day," which means the results may be available the same day that the sample is received in the testing laboratory. One day means results are available 1 day after the sample is received in the laboratory.

3 days

Maximum Laboratory Time Defines the maximum time from specimen receipt at Mayo Clinic Laboratories until the release of the test result

5 days

Specimen Retention Time Outlines the length of time after testing that a specimen is kept in the laboratory before it is discarded

7 days

Performing Laboratory Location Indicates the location of the laboratory that performs the test