Throat, rapid Strep A with reflex-6599

Test info

Throat, rapid Strep A with reflex
  • Strep A PCR will be performed at additional charge  on all patients <18 years of age if Throat Rapid Strep A antigen test is negative 
  • Strep A PCR is available to clinic providers as a single order (without initial rapid strep testing)


Oropharyngeal (posterior pharynx & tonsils) 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

ESwab regular flocked swab collection kit (purple)


Refrigerated - 72 hours
Ambient - 48 hours

Other bacterial culture swab:
Ambient - 8 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
1 day
Stat: 1 hour

Immunoassay (reflex to PCR)

Clinical and Interpretive info


87651 - Strep A PCR (if appropriate)