Test directory: Throat Culture

Ordering Code616
Test NameThroat Culture
Preferred SpecimenThroat swab
Preferred ContainerEswab
Other Specimen/ContainerOther Bacterial Transport Collectors (e.g. Culturette)
Optimum Volume2 Swabs
Collection InstructionsThe swab should be taken from the tonsillar area, and/or posterior pharynx. Care should be given to avoid the tongue and uvula.
Handling InstructionsPlace the swab immediately in the bacteriostatic media to prevent drying.
Transport RequirementsOahu: Ambient
Airline: Ambient
Specimen StabilityAmbient: 2 Days
Refrigerated: 2 Days
Rejection CriteriaDry cotton swab, Frozen, Specimen older than stability limits
Avail. StatNO
Analytic TimeUp to 2 Days
Depending on extent of growth and degree of difficulty with identification, turn-around-time may extend to 3 days.
MethodologyVisual examination of bacterial growth on agar medium and identification of beta-hemolytic streptococci such as groups A, B, C & G or Arcanobacterium haemolyticum
Specify special circumstances (e.g. epiglottitis peritonsillar abscess, oral thrush, Lemierre's syndrome) or specific pathogens (e.g. Haemophilus influenzae,
Fusobacterium necrophorum, Staphylococcus aureus, Candida species, or Moraxella catarrhalis) on the requisition if the culture is for purposes other than bacterial pharyngitis
Testing for Group A beta-hemolytic strep (Streptococcus pyogenes) alone is available as a Strep A Nucleic Acid Test (order code 5824).