GROUP A STREP ANTIGEN TEST (088-0300)- THROAT
Synonyms: Strep Screen, Direct Strep Test
CPT 4 Code: 87880
Test Order Mnemonic: C RSS
Test Includes: Detection of Group A Streptococcus antigen from throat
Request Form: Microbiology
Collection: Throat swab culturette. Use the dual-swab culturette so that the culture may be performed on antigen negative samples.
Storage Instructions: Room temperature
Causes for Rejection: Specimens from other sources
Availability: Samples are accepted 24 hours per day at the Microbiology Processing Laboratory, Room 5.137 McCullough.
Turnaround Time: 1 hour from receipt of the specimen in the laboratory.
Special Instructions: Specimens with negative antigen tests will be cultured for Group A Streptococcus, if two swabs are collected, unless otherwise indicated.
Specimen: Throat swab
Container: Dual-swab culturette
Reference Ranges: Negative
Test Method: Membrane cartridge EIA
Revised/reviewed 10/21/2011 by T. Friloux