Enteric Culture

Infectious Disease Laboratories:Microbiology

Test ID/Workstation: STOOL MIC2

Specimen Type: Fresh whole stool, Rectal swab

Tube Type: Stool container, or Rectal swab in Eswab transport tube

Collection Volume: Whole stool (minimum - swab)

Cause for rejection: Whole stool specimen contaminated with urine or water or containing barium. Specimens sent to laboratory in diaper, or on wooden stick/tongue depressor,rectal swab not in transport tube or dried stool will be rejected.

Storage: Refrigerated

Availability: Daily

Methodology: Culture

Special Instructions: Send whole fresh stool or rectal swab collected using Eswab may be taken if patient cannot produce stool. Enteric culture screens primarily for Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter and Shiga toxins 1&2 (which includes Ecoli 0157:H7 and other non-0157 STEC serogroups). If physician orders stool screened for Yesinia Vibrio, these cultures are ordered separately and in addition to Enteric culture. Stool cultures should not be performed on patients after 3 days in the hospital because the isolation of stool pathogens is very low, consistent with the epidemiology of acute bacterial diarrhea.

OC Power Word: LCULTSTOOL

Lab/Phone: 330-543-8412

TAT: 72 hours

Additional Info: Preliminary report available after 24 hours

CPT Code: 87045,87899 x2

Synonyms: Stool Culture; Culture for Enteric pathogens

Specimen Collection Procedures
Stool Specimen Collection

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