Microbiology Test

Burn culture

Dr. Simi Paknikar
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Simi Paknikar, MD
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Test : Burn culture

Indications : Identify bacteria present in the skin specimen from burn patient.

Physiology : Burn injuries often precipitate a profound multicentric immunologic depression that may predispose patients to sepsis.

Normal Range : No growth to <105colonies/g of tissue.

Interpretation : The use of quantitative burn cultures has little value in identifying patients with invasive infection and in differentiating those who are not likely to develop burn wound sepsis. The bacteria most frequently recovered from burn wounds in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Sample : Viable tissue, not eschar.

Test Method : Bacterial and fungal culture

Related Tests : Wound culture

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