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THROAT CULTURE (CSF PATIENTS) (THX)

Department: Microbiology
Test Synonym(s): THX
CPT Codes: 87070
Tube Type: Culturette swab
Specimen: Throat

Alternate Specimen: None

Temperature: Room temperature

Stability: Send to lab immediately
Reasons for Rejection: Non-sterile container. Excessive delay in
transport.

Days Performed: Daily
Times Performed: Continuous
TAT: 3 - 5 days
Special Instructions: The CF throat workup does not include Group A Strep unless specifically requested. The CF throat
workup includes culturing for Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staph aureus, Burkholderia cepacia,
Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, and other potential pathogens. There will be a separate charge for
organism identification and susceptibility when appropriate.


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