Test Code 4482


CPT Code(s) 87070




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


Methodology Bacteriologic culture. Aerobic includes routine isolation and identification procedures. Antibiotic susceptibility testing when appropriate.


Clinical Significance Culture of the nose (as opposed to nasopharynx) is primarily for the detection of Staphylococcus aureus. The significance of other organisms is difficult to assess since this site and its discharges can easily be colonized by a variety of organisms.


Alternative Name(s) Adenoids Culture,Nose Culture,Tonsils Culture,Inner Ear Culture,Nasopharyngeal Culture,NP Culture,Nasal Culture