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Test Code EARC Ear Culture

Additional Information

Gram stain included

Reflex Tests

Susceptibility testing only performed on isolates considered clinically significant

Collection Container

E-swab, Amies swab

Specimen Required

Swab of ear canal, discahrge or drainage from ear

Transport Temperature


Specimen Stability

For specimens submitted on Eswab: 48 hours refrigerated or room temperature

For other swab types: 24 hours refrigerated

Reasons for Rejection

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

Days and Times Performed

7 days/week

Turnaround Time

2 - 3 days

Reference Ranges

No growth after 48 hours or normal flora isolated



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