|Campylobacter Confirmation Culture
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|Bacterial culture and identification of Campylobacter species
|Bacterial Identification by MALDI-TOF Spectrometry
|Avg. Turnaround Time
|Coralville, M - F, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. - noon
|2 - 5 business days
|Stool specimen or rectal swabs in enteric transport media (Cary-Blair).
|The patient should be instructed not to take any antacids, oily laxatives, or anti-diarrheal medications unless prescribed by the physician.
|Use an Enteric Transport Media (Cary-Blair) Vial, clearly labeled with two unique identifiers (patient's name and unique identifier) and the date of collection. ETM is buffered and normally appears red. If the liquid is yellow, an acidic shift has occurred and the vial should not be used. Pass the stool into a clean, dry, plastic disposable container or place a large plastic bag or kitchen wrap over the toilet seat to catch the specimen. DO NOT MIX URINE OR WATER WITH THE STOOL SPECIMEN.
Formed or semi-formed stool: Using the spork built into the lid, add approximately three spoonfuls of firm stool, or five spoonfuls of soft stool to the vial until the liquid reaches the red "fill line". Any blood or mucous should be included.
Wash hands thoroughly.
|Temperature and Stability:
|Refrigerated (2-8°C); stable for 96 hours.
|Unpreserved stool, insufficient or overfilled transport media (ETM or Carey-Blair), > 3 days from time of collection or > 4 days if refrigerated, ETM samples that have turned yellow, samples that have leaked.
|No Campylobacter species isolated, Campylobacter species identification.
|Wrap specimen container in absorbent material and place inside a biohazard bag. Place the bag into the styrofoam container, then into the cardboard mailer provided by SHL. Transport to the laboratory. Ship to the Coralville location.
|Diagnose Campylobacter associated diarrhea in patients with appropriate exposure history or risk factors.
|Culture Campylobacter, Campylobacter culture