ANAE - Performance: Bacterial Culture, Anaerobic

Test Catalog

Test Name

Test ID: ANAE    
Bacterial Culture, Anaerobic

Method Description Describes how the test is performed and provides a method-specific reference

Appropriate specimens are inoculated onto blood agar, phenylethyl alcohol agar, lysed blood agar containing gentamicin and vancomycin, and into thioglycollate broth tubes which are incubated anaerobically for 48 hours. Colonies are subcultured to determine aerotolerance, and obligately anaerobic organisms may be identified by Gram stain and/or use of various differential media, MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry or 16S ribosomal RNA gene sequencing.(The Anaerobic bacteria. In Color Atlas and Textbook of Diagnostic Microbiology. Sixth edition. Edited by EW Koneman. Philadelphia, Lippincott, Williams and Wilke, 2006, pp 877-944)

PDF Report Indicates whether the report includes an additional document with charts, images or other enriched information


Day(s) and Time(s) Test Performed Outlines the days and times the test is performed. This field reflects the day and time the sample must be in the testing laboratory to begin the testing process and includes any specimen preparation and processing time required before the test is performed. Some tests are listed as continuously performed, which means assays are performed several times during the day.

Monday through Sunday; Continuously

Analytic Time Defines the amount of time it takes the laboratory to setup and perform the test. This is defined in number of days. The shortest interval of time expressed is "same day/1 day," which means the results may be available the same day that the sample is received in the testing laboratory. One day means results are available 1 day after the sample is received in the laboratory.

14 days

Maximum Laboratory Time Defines the maximum time from specimen receipt at Mayo Medical Laboratories until the release of the test result

20 days

Specimen Retention Time Outlines the length of time after testing that a specimen is kept in the laboratory before it is discarded

7 days

Performing Laboratory Location The location of the laboratory that performs the test