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CPT Code(s)



If culture is positive, identification will be performed at an additional charge (CPT code(s): 87077 or 87140 or 87143 or 87147 or 87149). Antibiotic susceptibilities are only performed when appropriate (CPT code(s): 87181 or 87184 or 87185 or 87186).


Bacterial Culture, Aerobic
Includes routine isolation and identification procedures, antibiotic susceptibility testing when appropriate

Clinical Significance

Aerobic bacteria cause a variety of human infections. Proper specimen collection and transport, media and incubation are important criteria for the recovery of aerobes. The primary aerobic bacterial agents of skin and tissue infections include S. aureus, P. aeruginosa, members of the enterobacteriaceae, and beta-hemolytic streptococci. The results of aerobic cultures assist the clinician with diagnosis and treatment of patients with bacterial infections. Proper interpretation of culture results is dependent on specimen source and known pathogenicity of the isolated organism.

Alternative Name(s)

Aerobic Bacteria Culture,Aerobic Wound,Superficial Wound Culture,Aerobic Culture

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