Throat culture-6563

Test info

Throat culture
  • Culture for groups A, C, and G beta Streptococcus, Arcanobacterium hemolyticum, and a predominance of Candida albicans and yeast, not C. albicans.
  • If culture for Neisseria meningitidis or Staphylococcus aureus is desired, add comment to request.
  • Identification, susceptibilities and serogrouping will be performed on all microbiology isolates considered by the laboratory to be significant.

Aiding in diagnosis of bacteria and yeast commonly associated with pharyngitis.


Posterior pharynx & tonsilar swab

Any inflamed areas should be carefully swabbed, avoiding other areas of the mouth.

  1. Ask the patient to tilt their head back, open mouth wide, breathe deeply, and say "ah".
  2. Extend the swab to the back of the oral cavity, being careful not to touch lips, walls of mouth, uvula, or tongue.
  3. Rubbing the swab over both tonsillar pillars and posterior oropharynx.
    1. Avoid touching the tongue, teeth, and gums.
  4. Place the swab into the provided transport media
  5. Grasp the top of the swab and bend within the media container until the shaft breaks. If there is no indicator line, bend within the media container until the shaft breaks.
  6. Break the shaft short enough to fit completly into the media container.
  7. Replace the media cap and screw on securely. Label with the OP source

ESwab standard tip collection kit (white)


Other bacterial culture swab


Other bacterial culture swab



Ambient - 48 hours

Refrigerated - 48 hours

Other bacterial swab:

Ambient - 24 hours

  • Improper label (unlabeled or mislabeled)
  • Time delay between time of collection and receipt of specimen
  • Improper transport container
  • Improper transport temperature
  • Inappropriate specimen type
  • Leaking container


AHL - Microbiology: M
Preliminary: 1 day
Final: 2 days


Clinical and Interpretive info



Additional CPT codes (if appropriate):
87186 - Sensitivities
87077 - ID

This list may not be all inclusive if there is the need to send the ID or sensitivities out to a referral laboratorylaboratory