Organism Identification, Nocardia

Test Mnemonic


CPT Codes

  • 87077 - QTY (1)


  • Aerobic Actinomycete Identification
  • Nocardia ID

Performing Laboratory

Cleveland Clinic Laboratories

Specimen Requirements

Volume Type Container Collect Temperature Transport Temperature Special Instructions
UnspecifiedIsolate of organismAgar slant AmbientOr agar plate. 18 - 48 hour growth preferred. Transport isolate in an appropriate atmospheric transport system.


Environmental Condition Description
Ambient2 weeks
Refrigerated2 weeks

Days Performed

Sun - Sat

Turnaround Time

5 weeks


Name Description
Sequencing and / or Biochemicals 

Reference Range

Special Info

Indicate on test order: Original date of collection, specimen site, agent suspected or preliminary identification, pertinent patient history and telephone number including area code and extension where report may be called if necessary. Antibiotic susceptibility testing must be requested and ordered separately. Contraindications: lack of viability or culture appears mixed or grossly contaminated.

Clinical Info

Identification of Nocardia or other aerobic actinomycete