Test Catalog

Test Id : GEN

Bacterial Culture, Aerobic, Varies

Useful For
Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Detecting bacteria responsible for infections of sterile body fluids, tissues, or wounds

 

This test is not intended for medicolegal use.

Reflex Tests
Lists tests that may or may not be performed, at an additional charge, depending on the result and interpretation of the initial tests.

Test Id Reporting Name Available Separately Always Performed
COMM Identification Commercial Kit No, (Bill Only) No
RMALD Ident by MALDI-TOF mass spec No, (Bill Only) No
GID Bacteria Identification No, (Bill Only) No
ISAE Aerobe Ident by Sequencing No, (Bill Only) No
REFID Additional Identification Procedure No, (Bill Only) No
SALS Serologic Agglut Method 1 Ident No, (Bill Only) No
EC Serologic Agglut Method 2 Ident No, (Bill Only) No
SHIG Serologic Agglut Method 3 Ident No, (Bill Only) No
STAP Identification Staphylococcus No, (Bill Only) No
STRP Identification Streptococcus No, (Bill Only) No
TISSR Tissue Processing No, (Bill Only) No
SIDC Ident Serologic Agglut Method 4 No, (Bill Only) No
PCRID Identification by PCR No, (Bill Only) No
HPCR1 H pylori + Clarithro Resistance PCR No, (Bill Only) No

Testing Algorithm
Delineates situations when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

When this test is ordered, the reflex tests may be performed at an additional charge.

Method Name
A short description of the method used to perform the test

Conventional Culture Technique

NY State Available
Indicates the status of NY State approval and if the test is orderable for NY State clients.

Yes

Reporting Name
Lists a shorter or abbreviated version of the Published Name for a test

Bacterial Culture, Aerobic

Aliases
Lists additional common names for a test, as an aid in searching

Aerobic Bacteria Culture

Aerobic Culture

Bacteria Aerobic Culture (CSF)

50001-GEN

Testing Algorithm
Delineates situations when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

When this test is ordered, the reflex tests may be performed at an additional charge.

Specimen Type
Describes the specimen type validated for testing

Varies

Ordering Guidance

If susceptibilities are also desired, order GENS / Bacterial Culture, Aerobic with Antimicrobial Susceptibilities, Varies.

Shipping Instructions

Specimen must be received in laboratory within 24 hours of collection.

Necessary Information

Specimen source is required: include the specific anatomic source. Indicate whether it is a "surface" or "deep/surgical" specimen. Do not label only as "wound."

ORDER QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Question ID Description Answers
Q00M0027 Specimen Source

Specimen Required
Defines the optimal specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing

Preferred:

Specimen Type: Closed abscess; Deep tissue or fluid

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: Entire collection

Collection Instructions: Aspirate the abscess contents with a syringe or excise a portion of tissue.

 

Acceptable:

Supplies:

Culturette (BBL Culture Swab) (T092)

BD E-Swab (T853)

Specimen Type: Open abscess, swab, tissue, or fluid

Sources: Abscess, aspirate, lesion, or wound

Container/Tube: Sterile container, culture transport swab (Dacron or rayon swab with aluminum or plastic shaft with either Stuart or Amies liquid medium), or ESwab

Collection Instructions: For most open lesions and abscesses, remove superficial flora by decontaminating skin before collecting a specimen from advancing margin or base.

Additional Information:

1. If submitting a specimen from a source contaminated with usual flora, send at refrigerated temperature.

2. Refrigerated specimens are not suitable for isolation of Neisseria species.

Specimen Minimum Volume
Defines the amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Testing Laboratory

0.5 mL

Reject Due To
Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Dry swab; Reject

Specimen Stability Information
Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the performing laboratory, alternate acceptable temperatures are also included

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Varies Ambient (preferred) 24 hours
Refrigerated 24 hours

Useful For
Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Detecting bacteria responsible for infections of sterile body fluids, tissues, or wounds

 

This test is not intended for medicolegal use.

Testing Algorithm
Delineates situations when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

When this test is ordered, the reflex tests may be performed at an additional charge.

Clinical Information
Discusses physiology, pathophysiology, and general clinical aspects, as they relate to a laboratory test

Sterile Body Fluids and Normally Sterile Tissues:

In response to infection, fluid may accumulate in any body cavity.

 

Wound, Abscess, Exudates:

Skin and soft tissue infections can occur as a result of a break in the skin surface, as complications of surgery, from trauma; human, animal, or insect bites, or from diseases that interrupt a mucosal or skin surface. Specimen collection is of utmost importance for these specimen types. For most open lesions and abscesses, remove the superficial flora by decontaminating the skin before collecting a specimen from the advancing margin or base. A closed abscess is the specimen site of choice. Aspirate the abscess contents with a syringe.

 

The specific anatomic site is required to establish possible contaminating flora in the area of specimen collection for appropriate reporting of culture results. For this reason, specimens should be labeled as to the specific anatomic source and to distinguish between “surface” and “deep/surgical” specimens. Do not label only as “wound.”

Reference Values
Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.

No growth or usual flora

Identification of probable pathogens

Interpretation
Provides information to assist in interpretation of the test results

When no resident flora is present, any microorganism found is considered significant and is reported.

 

For specimens contaminated with normal bacterial flora, bacteria that are potentially pathogenic are identified.

Cautions
Discusses conditions that may cause diagnostic confusion, including improper specimen collection and handling, inappropriate test selection, and interfering substances

No significant cautionary statements

Clinical Reference
Recommendations for in-depth reading of a clinical nature

1. Forbes BA, Sahm DF, Weissfeld AS: Infections of the urinary tract. In: Bailey and Scott's Diagnostic Microbiology. 12th ed. Mosby; 2007:842-855

2. Miller JM, Binnicker MJ, Campbell S, et al: A guide to utilization of the microbiology laboratory for diagnosis of infectious diseases: 2018 Update by the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Society for Microbiology. Clin Infect Dis. 2018 Aug 31;67(6):e1-e94. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciy381

3. Procop GW, Church DL, Hall GS, et al: Introduction to Microbiology Part II: Guidelines for the collection, transport, processing, analysis, and reporting of cultures from specific specimen sources. In: Koneman's Color Atlas and Textbook of Diagnostic Microbiology. 7th ed. Wolters Kluwer Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 2017:66-110

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

Specimens are cultured to enriched or selective media appropriate to the anatomic location and the scope of microorganisms expected. Cultures are incubated for 3 to 5 days depending on the specimen source. Pathogens or possible pathogens are identified using 1 or a combination of the following techniques: commercial identification strips or panels, matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry, conventional biochemical tests, carbon source utilization, real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), and nucleic acid sequencing of the 16S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene. "Usual flora" is reported as such (as appropriate to the specimen).(Leber AL, ed: Clinical Microbiology Procedures Handbook. . Vol 1. 4th ed. ASM Press; 2016:sections 3.5, 3.7, 3.9, 3.10, 3.13)

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

No

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 14 days

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

2 days

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

Rochester

Fees
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Test Classification
Provides information regarding the medical device classification for laboratory test kits and reagents. Tests may be classified as cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and used per manufacturer instructions, or as products that do not undergo full FDA review and approval, and are then labeled as an Analyte Specific Reagent (ASR) product.

This test has been cleared, approved, or is exempt by the US Food and Drug Administration and is used per manufacturer's instructions. Performance characteristics were verified by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements.

CPT Code Information
Provides guidance in determining the appropriate Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code(s) information for each test or profile. The listed CPT codes reflect Mayo Clinic Laboratories interpretation of CPT coding requirements. It is the responsibility of each laboratory to determine correct CPT codes to use for billing.

CPT codes are provided by the performing laboratory.

87070-Bacterial, Culture, Aerobic

87077-Identification commercial kit (if appropriate)

87077-Ident by MALDI-TOF mass spec (if appropriate)

87077-Bacteria identification (if appropriate)

87077-Additional identification procedure (if appropriate)

87077-Identification Staphylococcus (if appropriate)

87077-Identification Streptococcus (if appropriate)

87147 x 1-3-Serologic agglut method 1 ident (if appropriate)

87147-Serologic agglut method 2 ident (if appropriate)

87147 x 4-Serologic agglut method 3 ident (if appropriate)

87147 x 2-6 - Serologic Agglut Method 4 Ident (if appropriate)

87153-Aerobe ident by sequencing (if appropriate)

87176-Tissue processing (if appropriate)

87150-Identification by PCR (if appropriate)

87150-H pylori + Clarithro Resistance PCR (if appropriate)

LOINC® Information
Provides guidance in determining the Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) values for the order and results codes of this test. LOINC values are provided by the performing laboratory.

Test Id Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
GEN Bacterial Culture, Aerobic 634-6
Result Id Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
Applies only to results expressed in units of measure originally reported by the performing laboratory. These values do not apply to results that are converted to other units of measure.
GEN Bacterial Culture, Aerobic 634-6

Test Setup Resources

Setup Files
Test setup information contains test file definition details to support order and result interfacing between Mayo Clinic Laboratories and your Laboratory Information System.

Excel | Pdf

Sample Reports
Normal and Abnormal sample reports are provided as references for report appearance.

Normal Reports | Abnormal Reports

SI Sample Reports
International System (SI) of Unit reports are provided for a limited number of tests. These reports are intended for international account use and are only available through MayoLINK accounts that have been defined to receive them.

SI Normal Reports | SI Abnormal Reports