87101- Additional charges/CPT code(s) may apply as not all microbiology procedures can be determined before the culture is performed.
Hair, skin, or nail cuttings or scrapings
Glassine envelope (preferred) or sterile container
Hair: Epilate 10 to 12 hairs. Specify the source of the specimen and include any pertinent clinical information. Cultures are incubated up to three weeks before a final report is issued.
• Skin and nails: Cleanse the area with 70% alcohol prior to specimen collection. Nail scrapings should be from a subsurface portion of the infected nail. Skin should be taken from the active border of the lesion.
Maintain specimen at room temperature
Unlabeled specimen or name discrepancy between specimen and request label; inappropriate transport device; specimen received after prolonged delay (usually more than 72 hours); specimen received frozen