Test directory: Chlamydia trachomatis Culture

Ordering Code4183
Test NameChlamydia trachomatis Culture
Preferred SpecimenSwab
Preferred ContainerEndocervical swab, Urethral swab, Rectal mucosa swab (without feces), Fresh (unfixed) Tissue or 3 mL Pelvic
Washing in V-C-M medium (green cap) tube or equivalent
Other Specimen/ContainerVaginal swab of children <12 and Women with hysterectomy,
Seminal fluid, Peritoneal fluid
Optimum Volume1 mL
Handling InstructionsTo maintain optimum viability, place swab or fluid into
V-C-M (equal volumes of fluid and V-C-M) or equivalent and transport the specimen to the laboratory as soon as possible. Best recovery is obtained when the specimens are refrigerated at 2-8 degree C or kept on wet ice following collection and while in transit. If there will be a long delay before processing, specimens in V-C-M or equivalent should be frozen at -70 degree C or colder and transported on dry ice.
Transport RequirementsOahu: Refrigerated
Airline: Frozen
Frozen -70 degree C (dry ice)
Specimen StabilityAmbient: Not Stable
Refrigerated: 2 Days
Frozen: 30 Days
Rejection CriteriaRespiratory specimens, Eye (conjunctival) specimens,
Specimens submitted in Viral Transport Media that do not support Chlamydia, Wooden shaft and calcium alginate swabs, dry swabs, Transwabs or swabs in bacterial gel-based transport media, DNA probe transport, Tissues in formalin or other fixatives, Transports for antigen detection by EIA, received room temperature or frozen at -20 degree C
Avail. StatNO
MethodologyCentrifugation-Enhanced Culture with Monoclonal
Antibody Detection
Reference Lab Quest Diagnostics Infectious Disease

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