Throat culture

Alphabetical Test listing

Throat culture-6563

  
Throat culture
  
6563
  
87070.6
  
THR
  
  • 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.
  
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 - 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
  
Daily
  
Preliminary: 1 day
Final: 2 days
  

Culture

  
87070

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
  
11/30/2001
  
03/15/2021
  
03/03/2020