Laboratory Fee Schedule
Procedure #: MCK0290Z
CPT: 87076  


Anaerobe ID, Anaerobic Bacteria

Requisition Form


Test Description

Anaerobic identification from pure anaerobic isolate

Pre-Approval Needed


Supplemental Information Required


Supplemental Form(s)


Performed on Specimens from (sources)


Sample/Specimen Type for Testing

Pure anaerobic isolate

Minimum Volume/Size Required

At least one viable colony

Storage/Preservation Prior to Shipping

Store anaerobically

Transport Medium

Pure culture isolate on solid media, chopped meat glucose broth, thioglycollate broth, or frozen in TSB + glycerol.

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 Good Regulations, IATA, and/or CFR 49.

  • Frozen specimens should be submitted on dry ice.

  • Specimens stored at room temperature should be shipped at room temperature.

  • Specimen identification must match submission form.


MALDI-TOF (mass spectrometry),Bacterial culture

Turn-around Time

2-14 days


  • Material must be viable. Improper storage or shipping temperatures limit organism recovery.
  • In the event of an outbreak, the procedure may be modified to screen for an additional set of organisms.
  • Where a specific agent of an outbreak has been previously identified and there is a backlog of specimens, the procedure may be modified to screen only for specified organism.

Common Causes for Rejection

  • Insufficient quantity

  • Unacceptable specimen type or source

  • Improper shipping conditions

  • Expired media or collection container

  • Discrepancies between specimen label and submission form

  • Incomplete or missing submission form.

Additional Information