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Throat Culture, Group A Strep (8000100096)
Test Mnemonic:


Specimen Requirements:
Test Included:

Screen for Group A Streptococcus (Streptococcus pyogenes)


With Culturette, swab back of throat especially white patches and red areas.




Room temperature


48 hours

Causes for Rejection:

Inappropriate collection container. Specimen container unlabeled or labeled incorrectly. No date and time of collection on requisition form.

Reference Range:


Turnaround Time:

 2-3 Days


Culture screen for Group A Streptococcus or Streptococcus pyogenes


Clinical Microbiology


Throat screen; Strep Throat Culture; Strep Culture, Throat; Group A Strep Screen

Clinical Indication:

 Pharyngitis with Group A Streptococcus (Streptococcus pyogenes)

Patient Preparation :

Swab of oral pharynx

CPT 4 Code:

87081, additional if indicated


If epiglottitis is suspected, indicate on the request form so that additional media is plated.

A rapid Group A Strep antigen test (C RSS) is also available. If the rapid Strep antigen test is ordered, submit two swabs

When ordering tests for which Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement will be sought, physicians should only order tests that are medically necessary for the diagnosis or treatment of the patient. Components of the organ or disease panels may be ordered individually. The diagnostic information must substantiate all tests ordered and must be in the form of an ICD-10 code or its verbal equivalent.
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