This test is to detect bacterial overgrowth in the small bowel and includes organism quantitation only; no identification or susceptibility testing.
Transport to Microbiology immediately, as delays in processing may falsely elevate quantitation.
Submit entire specimen
Specimens not in anaerobic transport vial may result in falsely decreased numbers of anaerobes.
Refrigerated - 24 hrs
Negative aerobic culture:
<1 million colonies/mL, indicates normal colony count
Negative anaerobic culture:
<0.1 million colonies/mL, indicates normal colony count