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Test Code EARC Ear Culture

Reflex Tests

Susceptibility testing only performed on isolates considered clinically significant.

Collection Container

E-swab, Amies swab

Transport Temperature


Additional Information

Gram stain included



Specimen Required

Swab of ear canal, discahrge or drainage from ear.

Specimen Stability

For specimens submitted on Eswab: 48 hours refrigerated or room temp. For other swab types: 24 hours refrigerated.

Reasons for Rejection

Excessive delays in transport, presence of topical ointments or antibiotics at site of collection.

Reference Ranges

No growth after 48 hours or normal flora isolated.

Turnaround Time

2-3 days

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

7 days/week