THROAT CULTURE (088-0509)
Synonyms: Strep Screen, Group A Strep culture. GAS culture
CPT 4 Code: 87070
Test Order Mnemonic: C THR
Test Includes: Isolation of Group A Beta hemolytic Streptococcus, Streptococcus pyogenes
Request Form: Microbiology
Collection: Aseptic technique of throat swab without extraneous oral membrane
Storage Instructions: Room temperature
Availability: Samples are accepted 24 hours per day at the Microbiology Processing Laboratory, Room 5.137 McCullough.
Turnaround Time: Preliminary report after 1 day, final report after 2-3 days
Special Instructions: A rapid Group A Strep antigen test is also available. If the rapid Strep antigen test is ordered, submit two swabs. If epiglottitis is suspected, indicate on the request form so that additional media are plated.
Specimen: Throat swab
Revised 10/21/2011 by T. Friloux