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Test ID SSF1 Nocardia Stain, Varies

Useful For

Detection of Nocardia species and other partially-acid fast aerobic actinomycetes in clinical specimens

Method Name

Modified Acid-Fast Stain

Reporting Name

Nocardia Stain

Specimen Type


Necessary Information

Specimen source is required.

Specimen Required

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: Entire collection

Collection Instructions: Collect a raw specimen.

Specimen Minimum Volume

See Specimen Required

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Varies Refrigerated (preferred) 7 days
  Ambient  7 days

Reference Values

Reported as positive or negative

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Monday through Sunday; Continuously

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Clinic Laboratories in Rochester

CPT Code Information


87176-Tissue processing (if appropriate)

LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
SSF1 Nocardia Stain 21003-9


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
SSF1 Nocardia Stain 21003-9

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.

NY State Approved


Reflex Tests

Test ID Reporting Name Available Separately Always Performed
TISSR Tissue Processing No, (Bill Only) No

Testing Algorithm

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


If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Microbiology Test Request (T244) with the specimen.