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Culture- Bacterial, Genital

Components

Name Method Department Units
Culture, Genital Standard microbiologic culture media and techniques
CMI, Microbiology

Specimen Requirements

Genital specimen

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume
Preferred

Charcoal swab

N/A
Stability

Room temperature - 24 hour(s)

Alternate

Dual culture swab system

N/A
Stability

Room temperature - 24 hour(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Keep at room temperature
  • Protect from cold.
  • Transport to laboratory as soon as possible

Reasons for Rejection

  • Not received at proper temperature
  • Not received within specified time frame

Comments

Culture for Neisseria gonorrhoeae. The presence of other potential pathogens, including Candida, is also reported. For screen for GC only, order GC Screen (GCSC). Recovery of GC may be inhibited by use of a non-charcoal swab.

CPT Code

  • 87070