Test includes culture and gram stain. If indicated, further testing considered medically appropriate will be reflexed, resulting in additional charges.
Cultures of the nasopharynx or pharynx are not useful for establishing the etiology of middle ear infection.
Methodology: Multiple methodologies
Culturette® swab of affected area or submit corneal scrappings in a screw-capped, sterile container supplied by Meadville Medical Center Laboratory. Refrigerate specimen after collection. Maintain sterility and forward promptly.
NOTE: CULTURE SITE IS REQUIRED ON REQUEST FORM FOR PROCESSING
Specimen unacceptable if over 24 hours old.
Preliminary report: 1 day
Negative: 2-7 days
Positive: 2-3 days
Days Set Up: Monday through Sunday
87070 – culture
87205 – gram stain