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Throat Culture


TEST DIRECTORY
Test Name
Throat Culture
SPECIMEN REQUIREMENTS
Supplies for Submission
A plastic tube containing a sterile swab and transport medium acceptable for the cultivation of aerobic bacteria e.g., swab/tube system containing Amies transport media.
Specimen Collection
  1. Depress tongue gently with a tongue depressor.
  2. Extend a sterile swab between the tonsillar pillars and behind the uvula. Avoid touching the cheeks, tongue, uvula, or lips.
  3. To obtain sample, sweep the swab back and forth across the posterior pharynx, tonsillar areas, and in particular, any inflamed or ulcerated areas.
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DO NOT obtain throat sample if epiglottis is inflamed, as sampling may cause serious respiratory obstruction.
Storage Requirements
Room Temperature
GENERAL AND TECHNICAL INFORMATION
CPT Code
87070