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Culture, Beta Strep Only (Group A)

Mnemonic

C BS

Synonym

Beta Strep Culture - Beta Strep (group A) Culture - Streptococcus (Group A) Culture

Includes

Throat for Streptococcus pyogenes (Group A beta Strep), Group C beta Strep, Group G beta Strep. Does NOT include a rapid EIA test for Group A Strep.

Rectal swab on children (<13 years) for S. pyogenes (Group A beta Strep).

Guidelines

For use with throat sources only. Separate orders are available for Beta Strep Rapid Screen, Culture, ThroatCulture, B Pertussis and Culture, Gonorrhea Only (Neisseria gonorrhoeae).

Rectal swabs on children (<13 years) for S. pyogenes (Group A beta Strep) are also acceptable.

Specimen Collection Requirements

Patient Preparation

With the use of a tongue blade and good light for visualization, swab tonsillar crypts, areas of exudates or inflammation. Do not touch tongue or oral mucosa. For rectal source insert the swab approximately 2.5 cm into the anal canal and move the swab from side to side.

Collect

Culture collection and transport swab

View Swab Collection Guide

Supply Item Number - 236377

Minimum Volume

1 swab in culture transport system

Transport

Room temperature

Rejection Criteria

Frozen specimens, nonsterile or leaking containers

Stability

Ambient or Refrigerated: 24 hours

Testing Information

Performed

7 days/week

Reported

Preliminary Negative: 1 day; Final Negative: 2 days

Method

Standard Bacterial Culture

Reference Values

Reference Values

No beta strep

Comments

Additional charges as needed for identification and to differentiate normal flora from pathogens (CPT 87077).

CPT Codes

87081, (87077 as needed)

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 16, 2020 01:28:36 AM


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