Test code 4558


CPT code(s) 87070


Includes If culture is positive, identification will be performed at an additional charge (cpt code(s): 87077 or 87140 or 87143 or 87147 or 87149). Antibiotic susceptibilities are only performed when appropriate (cpt: 87181 or 87184 or 87185 or 87186).


Preferred specimen(s) Vaginal, endocervical, urethral, prostatic secretions. This Assay does not rule out Neisseria Gonorrhoeae (use test “Culture, n. Gonorrhoeae”) or Group B Streptococci (use test “Culture, Streptococcus Group B”). Collect specimen using culture swab transport device. Indicate source of specimen on both the test requisition and specimen transport device.


Methodology Bacterial culture, aerobic includes routine isolation and identification procedures. Antibiotic susceptibility testing when appropriate.


Clinical Significance The significance of any isolate(s), in pure or mixed culture, must be assessed with respect to the source cultured, the organism’s pathogenic potential, the possibility of colonization versus infection, and the number of other organisms recovered from the same culture.


Alternative Name(s) Genital Culture