293 | CULTURE, THROAT w/reflex SUSCEPTIBILITY

Component:
Specimen Source
Preliminary Culture
Method:
Culture

Collection Notes: Obtain specimen by using a sterile culturette collection swab. Rub the swab over the tonsillar area and/or posterior pharynx taking care to avoid the tongue and uvula. Insert the swab into the culturette holder and break the ampule at the bottom of the holder to release the culture-holding media. Submit the labeled culturette to the laboratory . Indicate source of specimen on requisition.

SPECIMEN/STABILITY TYPE

Temperature:

  • Culturette/Swab Ambient 48 hours Refrigerated48 hours
Clinical Utility: This culture is used to isolate and identify Group A and Group C Streptococcus, which are the causative agents of acute bacterial pharyngitis.
CPT Code: 87070
Testing location: AML