Actinomyces are commensals of the mouth, gastrointestinal and urogenital tracts – in rare cases they can cause infection (Actinomycosis.)
Bacterial culture for the isolation and identification of Actinomyces species.
As standard practice the laboratory will culture for Actinomyces from:
Material from wound, swab or IUCD
Please state ‘Actinomyces culture’ in clinical details.
Microbiology Laboratory, Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
Culture – up to 10 days for a Negative result