If the organism is isolated, identification and toxin testing will be confirmed by CDC
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will perform a PCR test to rule out diphtheria if diphtheria anti-toxin has been requested to treat the patient. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.cdc.gov/diphtheria/clinicians.html
Specimen Collection Requirements
Swab nasopharynx or throat at the site of membrane or inflammation. For wounds, swab base of cleansed wound. Note: Bleeding can occur if membrane disrupted.
Throat, NP, or wound swab in bacterial transport media
Single or dual culture swab
Refrigerated or Frozen unacceptable
There has been only 1 case of diphtheria in the United States from 2009-2013.
87081; if definitive identification performed, add 87077
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