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Test Code STL Enteric Pathogens Culture, Stool

Reporting Name

Enteric Pathogens Culture, Stool

Useful For

Determining whether a bacterial enteric pathogen is the cause of diarrhea


May be helpful in identifying the source of the infectious agent (eg, dairy products, poultry, water, or meat)

Reflex Tests

Test ID Reporting Name Available Separately Always Performed
RMALD Ident by MALDI-TOF mass spec No No
GID Bacteria Identification No No
ISAE Aerobe Ident by Sequencing No No
REFID Additional Identification Procedure No No
SALS Serologic Agglut Method 1 Ident No No
SHIG Serologic Agglut Method 3 Ident No No
KPND1 KPC and NDM PCR No, Internal (Bill Only); Yes External (Order KPNRP) No
HODGB Carbapenamase-Modified Hodge Test No, Internal (Bill Only); Yes External (Order HODGE) No

Testing Algorithm

When this test is ordered, the reflex tests may be performed and charged separately.


See Laboratory Testing for Infectious Causes of Diarrhea in Special Instructions.

Method Name

Conventional Culture Technique
Includes Aeromonas, Campylobacter, Salmonella, Shigella, and Yersinia.
Note: Does not include culture for Escherichia coli O157:H7.

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Medical Laboratories in Rochester

Specimen Type


Specimen Required

Specimen must arrive within 72 hours of collection.


Container/Tube: Commercially available transport system specific for recovery of enteric pathogens from fecal specimens (15 mL of non-nutritive transport medium containing phenol red as a pH indicator, either Cary-Blair, Para-Pak C and S, or buffered glycerol saline)

Specimen Volume: Representative portion of stool

Additional Information: If Vibrio is suspected, order VIBC / Vibrio Culture, Stool.

Specimen Minimum Volume

5 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time
Fecal Ambient (preferred) 72 hours
  Refrigerated  72 hours

Reject Due To








Specimen >72 hours

Reference Values

No growth of pathogens

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Monday through Sunday; Continuously

CPT Code Information

87045-Enteric Pathogens Culture, Stool-with isolation and preliminary examination

87046 x 3-Stool Culture Aerobic Bacteria, each

87077-Ident by MALDI-TOF mass spec (if appropriate)

87077-Bacteria Identification (if appropriate)

87153-Aerobe Ident by Sequencing (if appropriate)

87077-Additional Identification Procedure (if appropriate)

87147 x 5-Serologic Agglut Method 1 Ident (if appropriate)

87147 x 5-Serologic Agglut Method 3 Ident (if appropriate)

87798 x 2-KPC and NDM PCR (if appropriate)

87185-Carbapenemase Detection, Modified Hodge Test (if appropriate)

LOINC Code Information

Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Code
STL Enteric Pathogens Culture, Stool 625-4