Aerobic Actinomycete

Laboratory Fee Schedule

Procedure: MZZ0180A

CPT: 87077


Synonym(s): Nocardia, Actinomadura, filamentous bacteria
Requisition Form G-MYCO
Test Description Identification of Nocardia species, Actinomadura species, etc.
Pre-Approval Needed No
Supplemental Information Required N/A
Supplemental Form(s) N/A  
Performed on Specimens from (sources) Pure isolate from human sources.
Sample/Specimen Type for Testing Pure isolate in liquid or on solid culture medium.
Minimum Volume/Size Required
  • Liquid culture 2.0 mL
  • Solid culture - Visible growth
Storage/Preservation Prior to Shipping Ambient
Transport Medium N/A
Specimen Labeling
  • Two patient-specific identifiers required (e.g., patient full name, date of birth, Medical record number)
  • Identifiers on specimen must exactly match submission form.
Shipping and Specimen Handling Requirements
  • Ship according to Dangerous Goods Regulations, IATA, and/or CFR 49
  • Category B shipping applies.
Method Biochemical and physiological testing
Turn-around Time 21-28 days.

Some genera and species can only be differentiated with molecular analysis that is not available at TDSHS.

Common Causes for Rejection
  • Cultures infested with mites.
  • Cultures broken in transit.
Additional Information
  • Isolates submitted for this test will be identified by this laboratory.  
  • Drug susceptibility testing on these organisms not available at DSHS laboratory.  Upon request, isolates may be forwarded by DSHS laboratory to reference laboratory for susceptibility testing at the submitter’s expense.  Testing at other reference laboratories is subject to fees charged by those laboratories.