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Tissue Culture


TEST DIRECTORY
Test Name
Tissue Culture
Alternate Names
TC
SPECIMEN REQUIREMENTS
Supplies for Submission
A plastic tube containing a sterile swab and transport medium acceptable for the cultivation of aerobic bacteria e.g., swab/tube system containing Amies transport media.
Specimen Collection
Click here to view general guidelines for culture specimens.
  1. Disinfect adjacent areas of skin or tissue that contain resident normal flora, prior to collection.
  2. Aseptically collect material, including material from both the center and the edge of the lesion. Tissue specimen must be kept moist. DO NOT allow the tissue to dry out.
  3. Place the tissue specimen in a sterile container with sterile gauze moistened with sterile nonbacteriostatic saline, or in a culture transport device containing transport medium acceptable for cultivation of bacteria. DO NOT place the tissue in formalin.
  4. Transport to the lab at room temperature as soon as possible.
Tissue collection is an invasive procedure and requires collection by trained personnel.
Storage Requirements
Room Temperature
GENERAL AND TECHNICAL INFORMATION
CPT Code
87070