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EACUL
CULTURE, BACTERIA, EAR

Test Code EACUL 
Test CULTURE, BACTERIA, EAR 
Description Conventional culture. Significant isolates reflex to organism identification and antibiotic susceptibility at an additional charge. 
Specimen Swab of external or middle ear.
1. Aseptically collect specimen from affected area.
2. Submit specimen on swab in culture transport medium.
3. Label specimen with patient's name (first and last), date of birth or medical record number, date and time of collection, collector's initials and SPECIMEN SOURCE.
4. Maintain sterility and forward promptly at ambient temperature.

NOTE: SPECIMEN SOURCE IS REQUIRED ON REQUEST FORM FOR PROCESSING. 

Reference Values Not applicable 
Analytic Time 4 Days 
Day(s) Test Set Up Monday through Sunday 
CPT Code(s) 87070  Culture, bacteria
87077  Bacterial identification, if indicated
87149 x5  CRE Confirmation, if indicated
87181  Antibiotic susceptibility (gradient strip), per antibiotic tested, if indicated
87184   Antibiotic susceptibility (disc method), if indicated
87186  Antibiotic susceptibility (MIC) if indicated
87205  Smear, stain and interpretation