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Test Code CAMPY Helicobacter pylori Culture

Reporting Name

Helicobacter pylori Culture

Useful For

Recovery of Helicobacter pylori from gastric specimens for antimicrobial susceptibility testing of the organism

Reflex Tests

Test ID Reporting Name Available Separately Always Performed
ISAE Aerobe Ident by Sequencing No, (Bill Only) No
GID Bacteria Identification No, (Bill Only) No
TISSR Tissue Processing No, (Bill Only) No

Testing Algorithm

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


See Helicobacter pylori Diagnostic Algorithm in Special Instructions.

Method Name

Conventional Culture Techniques

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Medical Laboratories in Rochester

Specimen Type


Shipping Instructions

Specimen must be received in laboratory within 48 hours of collection.

Necessary Information

Specimen source is required; include the specific anatomic source.

Specimen Required


Specimen Type: Gastric biopsy

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: Entire collection

Collection Instructions: Acquire biopsied tissue; moisten with sterile saline.



Specimen Type: Gastric brushing or gastric aspirate

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: Entire collection

Collection Instructions: Aspirate contents with a syringe.

Specimen Minimum Volume

0.5 mL or 0.5 × 0.2 × 0.2-cm sized piece of tissue

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time
Varies Refrigerated 48 hours

Reject Due To








Specimen >48 hours old; biopsy submitted in fluid other than sterile saline

Reference Values

No growth after 7 days

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Monday through Sunday; Continuously

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

87081-Helicobacter pylori culture

87153-Aerobe Ident by Sequencing (if appropriate)

87077-Bacteria identification (if appropriate)

87176-Tissue processing (if appropriate)

LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
CAMPY Helicobacter pylori Culture 587-6


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
CAMPY Helicobacter pylori Culture 587-6


If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Gastroenterology and Hepatology Test Request Form (T728) with the specimen (