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Actinomyces Culture



Bacterial culture for the isolation and identification of Actinomyces species.


Diagnosis of infection with Actinomyces.

As standard practice the laboratory will culture for Actinomyces from:

  • Dental or Maxillary abscesses
  • IUCDs with PID in the clinical details


Actinomyces are commensals of the mouth, gastrointestinal and urogenital tracts – in rare cases they can cause infection (Actinomycosis.)


Material from wound, swab or IUCD

Specimen container

Plain Universal

Charcoal swab

How To Request On EPIC

For electronic requesting using EPIC (RDUH ONLY):

Request as for routine culture but state ‘For Actinomyces Culture’ in clinical details

Special Instructions

Please state ‘Actinomyces culture’ in clinical details.


Processed locally in Microbiology at RDUH

Turnaround Time

Culture – up to 10 days for a Negative result

Useful links

For Patients:

Actinomycosis – NHS

For Healthcare professionals:

Actinomycosis Clinical Review – The BMJ

Identification of Anaerobic Actinomyces species – UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations (UKHSA)

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