Diagnostic Test Directory

Microbiology Laboratory

Pleural Fluid Culture

  • LIS Mnemonic: CBFG

    Collect

    Pleural fluid in a sterile leak-proof screw cap container

    Volume Required

    1 - 5mLs

    Minimum Required

    1 mL

    Transport

    Send to laboratory immediately at room temperature

    Stability

    Up to 1 hour after collection

    Unacceptable conditions

    Refrigerated specimen or unsterile collection container

    Do not submit in Blood Culture Bottles

Days Performed

Daily

Reported

Updates daily until final

CPT

87070

Methodology

Culture