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Culture, Throat

Specimen Container

eSwab

Specimen Collection Type

Swab

Specimen Preparation

Send to lab ASAP

Stability

Ambient Stability: 48 hrs
Refrig Stability: Unable
Frozen Stability: Unable

Unacceptable Conditions

Swab in M4 or UTM,
Calcium alginate swab,
Swab with wooden shaft,
Refrigerated or frozen

Preferred Transportation Temperature

AMBIENT

Remarks

If yeast is suspected, order FCX
If N. gonorrhea is suspected, order GCX
If Diphtheria is suspected, notify Micro lab

Performed

Sun-Sat

Reported

Preliminary, 24 hours
Final, 36-48 hours (if no growth)
Positive cultures are reported when detected

Methodology

Bacterial culture and identification

Lab Department

Molecular

Testing Location

IHC

Synonyms

Throat Culture
Throat CX

Test OR Panel

Test

Misc Instructions

SPECIMEN COLLECTION: ESwab or red top (double) swab acceptable
Do not touch cheeks, teeth or gums when collecting specimen. STORAGE AND TRANSPORT: Room temperature
Send to lab ASAP
Avoid exposure to temperature extremes

CPT Codes

87070

LOINC

32355-0

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