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Last Updated: July 14, 2024 @ 9:13 am


Stool Culture and E.coli Shiga-like Toxin

  • Random Stool in FecalSwab

Also Acceptable:
  • Random Stool in Two Enteric Pathogen Transport Media
  • Random Stool in FecalSwab. Submit Refrigerated.

Also Acceptable:
  • Random Stool in Enteric Pathogen Transport Media. Submit Ambient.
  • 5 mL (Min:1 mL) Random Stool in Enteric Pathogen Transport Media. Submit Refrigerated.
Special Handling:
  • FecalSwab: Submit one refrigerated sample.

    Specimen will be cultured for Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter jejuni, E. coli 0157:H7 and Yersinia.
    Culture for Vibrio must be requested.
    Stool must be placed in transport within two hours of collection.

    Submit two specimens: one ambient for Stool Culture, one refrigerated for E.coli Shiga-like Toxin.
    Refrigerated specimen (for shiga toxin) must be sent in ETM, Ambient specimen (for stool culture) acceptable in culturette.

    Refrigerated specimen (for shiga toxin)stability:Ambient: 2 Hours; Refrigerated: 3 Days; Frozen: 1 Week
    Ambient specimen (for stool culture) stability: Ambient: 4 Days; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: Unacceptable
Rejection Criteria:
  • FecalSwab at Room Temperature.
    Refrigerated specimen (for shiga toxin) unacceptable in other transport material (exception Cary-Blair).
Stability:Ambient: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: 3 Day(s); Frozen: Unacceptable; Incubated: Unacceptable
  • Culture
  • Immunochromatographic Assay
Reported:3-5 Day(s)
CPT Codes:
  • 87045
  • 87046x4
Interpretive Data:Please see report for interpretive data.
  • 4060 - STOOL CULTURE
  • 4110 - SHIGA TOXIN
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