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Anaerobic Culture, includes aerobic culture - Aspirate, Duodenal

Source Aspirate, Duodenal
Mnemonic M ANO2
Specimen Requirements

Acceptable specimen; duodenal/illeostomy aspirate.
Submit 1 - 5 mL of specimen in anaerobic transport media (PRAS) or sterile container.
Acceptable minimum volume: 1 mL.

If the specimen is diluted in saline, quantitative cultures CANNOT be done.

Refer to CLS Form #MI6005:
Collection of Specimens for Anaerobes - Guidelines for Physicians
Specimen Handling

DO NOT submit specimen in syringe, with or without needle attached.
Transport specimen ASAP (priority).
Store specimen at room temperature.
DO NOT refrigerate.

Additional Information Quantitation of aerobic and anaerobic flora performed.

Swabs of fluids not acceptable.

Indicate Candida/Yeast on requisition if required.
Turnaround time for negative culture: 4 days.
Testing Location CLS Microbiology
Testing Frequency Daily
Alternate Name(s)

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