Diagnostic Test Directory

Microbiology Laboratory

Rectal Swab Culture

  • LIS Mnemonic: CGI

    Collect

    Rectal specimen with double swab culture device; submit only on patients less than or equal to 2 yrs of age when stool is not available

    Volume Required

    Double swab collection device

    Minimum Required

    1 swab

    Transport

    Send to laboratory immediately at room temperature

    Stability

    Up to 1 hour after collection

    Processing

    Optimal specimen submission: ASAP after collection. Stool pathogens routinely cultured for: Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter, Yersinia, Aeromonas,and E. coli 0157:H7.

    Any other organisms would need a special request.

    Unacceptable conditions

    Not accepted for stool culture on patients > 2 yrs of age

    Not suitable for anaerobes.

    Unacceptable for Shig/E.coli 0157 toxin testing

Days Performed

Daily

Reported

Updates Daily Until Final

CPT

87070

Methodology

Culture