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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
CARNB Carbapenemase-Carba NP Test No, Internal (Bill Only): Yes External (Order CARNP) No

Testing Algorithm

When this test is ordered, the reflex tests may be performed and charged separately. Includes Aeromonas, Campylobacter, Salmonella, Shigella, and Yersinia.

Note: Does not include culture for Escherichia coli O157:H7.


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

Method Name

Conventional Culture Technique

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Medical Laboratories in Rochester

Specimen Type


Specimen Required

Specimen must arrive within 96 hours of collection.


Specimen Type: Preserved Stool

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 or Para-Pak C and S)

Specimen Volume: Representative portion of stool specimen

Collection Instructions: Collect fresh stool and submit 1 gram or 5 mL in container with transport medium.

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

Specimen Minimum Volume

1 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time
Fecal Ambient (preferred) 4 days
  Refrigerated  4 days

Reject Due To








Specimen >96 hours

Reference Values

No growth of pathogens

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Monday through Sunday

Test Classification

This test uses a standard method. Its performance characteristics were determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. This test has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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 3-Serologic Agglut Method 1 Ident (if appropriate)

87147 x 4-Serologic Agglut Method 3 Ident (if appropriate)

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

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

87185-Carbapenemase Detection-Carba NP Test (if appropriate)


LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
STL Enteric Pathogens Culture, Stool 625-4


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