Test directory: Miscellaneous Culture

Ordering Code624
Test NameMiscellaneous Culture
AliasEar Culture
Eye Culture
Preferred SpecimenEar, Eye and other specimen types for which no specimen- type-specific code exists.
Preferred ContainerEar: Swab in Bacterial Transport Container (e.g. Eswab)
Eye: Corneal scraping directly inoculated into BHI Broth (or Eswab)
NOTE: Refer to specimen-specific order codes for other specimen types: Lower Respiratory Culture & Gram stain (93) Abscess Culture & Gram stain (5519) Aspirate Culture & Gram stain (5521) CSF Culture & Gram stain (620) Blood Culture (619) Body Fluid Culture & Gram stain (644) Bone Marrow Culture (4105) Genital Culture (5512) Stool Culture (6222) Throat Culture (616) Tissue Culture & Gram stain (5783) Urine Culture (626) Wound Culture & Gram stain (5535)
Optimum VolumeEar: Eswab; 2 swabs if using another Bacterial Transport System (e.g. Culturette)
Eye: Swab inoculated in BHI broth or Eswab
Other specimen type for which there is no specimen specific order code - contact lab for instructions.
Collection InstructionsEye specimens - BHI Broth must be at room temperature prior to specimen collection.
Transport RequirementsOahu: Ambient
Airline: Ambient
Specimen StabilitySpecimens will be accepted up to 2 days, but fastidious organisms (e.g. Haemophilus) may not remain viable after 24 hours.
Rejection CriteriaDry cotton swab, Expired container/transport media, Frozen,
No swab in media, Preservatives used, Refrigerated,
Specimen older than stability limits
Avail. StatNO
Analytic TimeUp to 5 Days
MethodologyVisual examination for bacterial growth on/in selective and non-selective media.

Reference range(s)

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CultureALLSee report.