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Lab Test Dictionary

Abscess culture

Specimen Type

Body Fluid

Performing Lab

RCHSD Microbiology

Epic ID


Lab Test Days

upon receipt

Standard TAT

5 days

Stat TAT


Collection Information

Specimen Required

Fluid in capped syringe or sterile container

Container Type

Sterile Container

Collection Instructions

Submit fluid in a sterile leak-proof container without preservative or capped syringe. If only swabs can be obtained, submit in E-swab. Specimen submitted in other swab transport systems such as red-top culturette (Amie's transport media) are not suitable for anaerobic culture.

Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Transport Temperature


Specimen Stability

Transport to lab within 30 minutes of collection. E-swab within 48 hours of collection.

Rejection Criteria

Formalin preservative, unlabeled or mislabeled specimen.

Test Volume Required

1 to 5 ml of fluid

Minimum Test Volume

1 ml

Processing Instructions

Refer to microbiology processing manual

Included Tests

Gram stain, aerobic and anaerobic culture.


Specimen submitted in swab transport systems OTHER than E-swab such as red-top culturette (Amie's transport media), are not suitable for anaerobic culture.