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Test Code ANAE Bacterial Culture, Anaerobic, Varies

Reporting Name

Bacterial Culture, Anaerobic

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Clinic Laboratories in Rochester

Useful For

Diagnosing anaerobic bacterial infections

Method Name

Conventional Culture Technique

Specimen Type


Shipping Instructions

Specimen should arrive within 72 hours of collection.


See Infectious Specimen Shipping Guidelines in Special Instructions for shipping information.

Necessary Information

Specimen source is required.

Specimen Required

Supplies: Anaerobe Transport Tube (T588)

Specimen Types: Abscesses, percutaneous transtracheal aspirates, sterile body fluids, suprapubic aspirations, or wounds

Collection Instructions: Specimen should be obtained by using a needle and syringe from a source not normally colonized by anaerobes.

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time
Varies Ambient 72 hours

Reject Due To

All specimens will be evaluated by Mayo Clinic Laboratories for test suitability.

Reference Values

No growth

Identification of probable pathogens


Isolation of anaerobes in significant numbers from well-collected specimens including blood, other normally sterile body fluids, or closed collections of purulent fluid, indicates infection with the identified organisms.

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Monday through Sunday

Test Classification

This test uses a standard method. Its performance characteristics were determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. This test has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

CPT Code Information

87075-Bacterial Culture, Anaerobic

87076-Id MALDI-TOF Mass Spec Anaerobe (if appropriate)

87153-Anaerobe Ident by Sequencing (if appropriate)

87176-Tissue Processing (if appropriate)

87185-Beta lactamase (if appropriate)

87798-Identification by PCR (if appropriate)

LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
ANAE Bacterial Culture, Anaerobic 635-3


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
ANAE Bacterial Culture, Anaerobic 635-3

Reflex Tests

Test ID Reporting Name Available Separately Always Performed
RMALA Id MALDI-TOF Mass Spec Anaerobe No, (Bill Only) No
ISAN Anaerobe Ident by Sequencing No, (Bill Only) No
BLA Beta Lactamase No, (Bill Only) No
TISSR Tissue Processing No, (Bill Only) No
ANAID Anaerobe Ident No, (Bill Only) No
PCRID Identification by PCR No, (Bill Only) No

Testing Algorithm

When this test is ordered, the reflex tests may be performed and charged.