Test Catalog

Test ID: IDENT    
Organism Referred for Identification, Aerobic Bacteria

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

Pure isolates of aerobic organisms received on slants are inoculated onto culture plates based on Gram-stain morphology, the source of the isolate, clinical history, and previous results submitted by the referring client. In general, routine media utilized includes chocolate blood agar, sheep blood agar, and eosin methylene blue agar. After incubation at 35 degrees C in 5% CO(2), the organism is identified using one or a combination of the following techniques: commercial identification strips or panels, MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry, conventional biochemical tests, and nucleic acid sequencing of the 16S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene.(RS Weyant, CW Moss, RE Weaver, et al: Identification of unusual pathogenic gram negative aerobic and facultatively anaerobic bacteria. CDC, Atlanta, GA, 1996; Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology, Vol 1. Edited by NR Krieg. Baltimore, MD, Williams and Wilkins, 1984; Kolbert CP, Persing DH: Ribosomal DNA sequencing as a tool for identification of bacterial pathogens. Curr Opin Microbiol 1999;2:299-305)

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


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

Monday through Sunday

Report Available The interval of time (receipt of sample at Mayo Clinic Laboratories to results available) taking into account standard setup days and weekends. The first day is the time that it typically takes for a result to be available. The last day is the time it might take, accounting for any necessary repeated testing.

5 to 10 days

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

30 days

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