|Alternate:||CSF Bacterial Culture; Aerobic CSF Culture; Routine Bacterial Culture CSF.|
|Includes:||Culture and gram stain. Susceptibility included if warranted.|
|Available:||Daily, 24 hours|
|Specimen:||Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF)|
|Container:||Clean sterile container or tube|
|Temperature:||Room temperature. Do not refrigerate.|
|Rejection:||Specimen received on ice|
|Normal:||No growth after 10 days.|
|Uses:||Identify aerobic bacteria that may cause infection|
|Limitations:||Antibiotic therapy may inhibit growth. Culture is more sensitive than gram stain. A negative result does not necessarily rule out infection.|
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