Stool Culture

TEST NAME Stool Culture
DISEASE/DISORDER Diarrheal disease
ALTERNATE NAME(S) Enteric pathogens, aerobic bacterial stool culture
  • Isolate or specimen submission required.
  • Contact CEDEP if a foodborne outbreak is suspected.
  • Contact the Bioterrorism Laboratory before submission if a select agent may be suspected.
ORDERING INFORMATION TDH DLS Requisition:  PH-4182 Clinical Submission Requisition

Specimen Requirements

Patient Preparation
  • Medications: Do not use barium or bismuth before collection of specimen.
Specimen Collection
  • Acceptable Specimen Sources/Type(s) for Submission:  

- Stool in C & S culture transport media (i.e. ParaPak), semisolid or liquid

transport media (i.e. Cary Blair or Amies), or commercially available

transport system specific for recovery of enteric pathogens from fecal


Specimen Labeling
  • Specimen must be labeled with at least two unique patient identifiers and match accompanying PH-4182 Clinical Submission Form.
Specimen Processing
Specimen Storage and Preservation
  • Stool specimens should be stored at 2-30°C and arrive at the laboratory within 4 days of specimen collection. If possible, refrigerate at 2-8°C.
Specimen Transportation
  • Ship specimens in appropriate transport media at  2-30°C. If possible, maintain at 2 - 8°C.
  • All infectious substance shipments must conform to U.S. Department of Transportation(DOT) Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR 49 C.F.R. Parts 171-180).
Specimen Acceptability and Rejection
  • Specimens that do not adhere to all specimen requirements will be rejected.
Testing Location
  • Nashville

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