Culture, Ear, External

Supply #S02 - Amies Gel Swab

Test Code: 4477

CPT Code(s): 87070

Includes: If culture is positive, identification will be performed at an additional charge (CPT code(s): 87077 or 87140 or 87143 or 87147 or 87149). Antibiotic susceptibilities are only performed when appropriate (CPT code(s): 87181 or 87184 or 87185 or 87186).

Metholodology: Bacterial culture, aerobic routine isolation and identification procedures, antibiotic susceptibility testing when appropriate

Clinical Significance: The significance of any isolate(s), in pure or mixed culture, must be assessed with respect to the source cultured, the organism's pathogenic potential, the possibility of colonization versus infection and the number of other organisms recovered from the same culture.

Alternative Name(s): Ear, External, Culture

The CPT codes provided are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the Payor being billed.

Collection Guide: 

Supply: S02 - Amies Gel

Preferred specimen(s): Collect specimen from external canal using aerobic culture transport device

Instructions: Indicate source of specimen on both the requisition and specimen transport device. For culture of tympanocentesis fluid, see "culture, aerobic and anaerobic".

Minimum volume: One transport swab

Alternative specimen(s): None

Transport container: Amies Gel Swab (Blue)

Transport temperature: Room temperature

Specimen stability: Room temperature: 2 days

Reject criteria:
  • Expired transport device
  • Frozen
  • Dry swabs

For additional supply or collection device information, please contact DLO's Customer Service at (800) 891-2917, option 2.

The CPT codes provided are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the Payor being billed.