CULTURE, THROAT

Mnemonic

C

Synonym

Throat culture

Includes

Strep. pyogenes (Group A beta Strep), Group C beta Strep, Group G beta Strep, and Arcanobacterium haemolyticum.  Does NOT include a rapid EIA test.

Specimen Collection Requirements

Collect

Use culture collection and transport swab.

Handling

One swab in culture transport system, double swab is also acceptable. Specify if specific organism is requested, e.g. Neisseria gonorrhoeae, yeast.

Minimum Volume

1 swab in culture transport system

Transport

Room temperature

Rejection Criteria

Frozen specimen, nonsterile or leaking containers

Stability

Ambient: 24 hours

Testing Information

Performed

7 days/week

Method

Standard Bacterial Culture

Referral Lab

Samaritan Health Services Laboratories

Reference Values

Reference Values

Normal oropharyngeal flora, no beta strep

CPT Codes

87070

Last Updated: Friday, September 28, 2018 12:57:34 PM