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Abscess/Wound Asp Culture, Aerobic + Ana

eD-H Order Code


Specimen Collection Information

Specimen Minimum Test Volume Container Special Handling
Varies 1.0 ML  

Specimen Transport Temperature

Refrigerated or ambient

Specimen Stability

Eswab: 48 hours ambient or refrigerated


Additional Specimen Instructions

For anaerobic cultures specimens must be received in an Eswab. Aspirate or Tissue are preferred specimens for anaerobice cultures. Anaerobe cultures are held for a minimum of 4 days.

For additional guidance on acceptable source for anaerobic culture click here

This test order is for deep wounds and invasively collected abscesses. Aerobic cultures are held for 3-4 days.

Deep Wound- including bites, should be cultured only if there is purulence, chronic drainage or non-healing.

Abscesses that are closed off and not yet draining externally should be aspirated and the pus/purulent fluid sent for culture. Aspirate infected material with a needle and syringe- DO NOT SEND THE NEEDLE.

Day(s) Performed

Monday through Sunday; continuously

Performing Lab Section



87075 ; 87070 ;