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Lab Test Dictionary

Tissue Culture

Specimen Type


Performing Lab

RCHSD Microbiology

Epic ID


Lab Test Days

upon receipt

Standard TAT

3 days

Stat TAT


Collection Information

Specimen Required


Container Type

Sterile Container

Collection Instructions

Preferred specimen is surgically collected tissue submitted to lab within 30 minutes. If a delay in transport is anticipated, submit in E-swab within 48 hours of collection.

Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Transport Temperature


Specimen Stability

Fresh tissue in sterile container -- 30 minutes. E-swab -- less than 48 hours.

Rejection Criteria

Significant delay in transport. Formalin contamination. Viral transport media. Red-top culturette swabs are discouraged and are unacceptable for anaerobe culture.

Processing Instructions

Refer to microbiology processing manual.

Included Tests

Culture includes aerobic / anaerobic workup and Gram stain. Red-top culturette swabs are unacceptable for anaerobic culture.