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Culture- Bacterial, Throat for Beta-hemolytic Strep

Components

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

Specimen Requirements

Throat swab

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume
Preferred

Dual culture swab system

N/A
Stability

Room temperature - 24 hour(s)
Refrigerated - 24 hour(s)

Alternate

Charcoal swab

N/A
Stability

Room temperature - 24 hour(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Transport to laboratory as soon as possible

Reasons for Rejection

  • Not received at proper temperature
  • Not received within specified time frame
  • Specimen other than throat swab

Comments

Specimen is screened for known agents of acute bacterial pharyngitis (Group A, C, and G strep, and Arcanobacterium haemolyticum). Screening for other potential pathogens, such as Neisseria gonorrhea will be performed BY SPECIAL REQUEST only. If requesting culture for Neiserria gonnorhoeae, please order a GCSC test.

CPT Code

  • 87070