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Culture, Stool (Salmonella and Shigella)

Test Code


CPT Code(s)



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

Preferred Specimen(s)

Stool submitted in Cary-Blair stool culture transport medium

See Stool Specimens in the Bacteria section of Specimen Collection and Handling

Alternative Specimen(s)

Culture swab

Transport Container

Cary-Blair transport vial

Transport Temperature

Room temperature. Do not refrigerate.

Specimen Stability

Cary-blair transport medium:
 Room temperature: 4 days
 Refrigerated: Not stable

Reject Criteria

Unpreserved, at any temperature • Frozen specimens in Cary-Blair transport medium • Expired transport medium • Specimen in diaper or parasitology transport vial


Bacterial Culture • Aerobic isolation and identification procedures

Performing Laboratory

Quest Diagnostics NY/NJ

Setup Days


Report Available

4 days


Diarrhea may be caused by a wide variety of organisms and other factors.

Reference Range(s)

Not isolated

Clinical Significance

Salmonella and shigella represent two of the most common bacterial causes of diarrhea. If other common causes of diarrhea are suspected, they must be ordered individually. For many patients, the cause of gastrointestinal infection is not identified.

Alternative Name(s)

Stool (Salmonella/Shigella) Culture, Stool Culture

LOINC®' Code(s)

The Result and LOINC information listed below should not be used for electronic interface maintenance with Quest Diagnostics. Please contact the Quest Diagnostics Connectivity Help Desk for more information at 800-697-9302.

NOTE: The codes listed in the table below are not orderable Test Codes.

Result NameLOINC CodeComponent Name
60101058CULTURE,SALMONELLA/SHIG43371-4Salmonella & Shigella sp identified
60101059CULTURE,SALMONELLA/SHIG43371-4Salmonella & Shigella sp identified
60101060CULTURE,SALMONELLA/SHIG43371-4Salmonella & Shigella sp identified
60101061CULTURE,SALMONELLA/SHIG43371-4Salmonella & Shigella sp identified
60101062CULTURE,SALMONELLA/SHIG43371-4Salmonella & Shigella sp identified
60101063CULTURE,SALMONELLA/SHIG43371-4Salmonella & Shigella sp identified
60101064CULTURE,SALMONELLA/SHIG43371-4Salmonella & Shigella sp identified
60101065CULTURE,SALMONELLA/SHIG43371-4Salmonella & Shigella sp identified

Reference ranges are provided as general guidance only. To interpret test results use the reference range in the laboratory report.

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 payer being billed.

LOINC assignment is based on a combination of test attributes, including the method used by the performing laboratory. For tests not performed by Quest Diagnostics, codes are assigned by the performing laboratory.

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