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CULTURE THROAT (CF PATIENTS) (CTB)

Department: Microbiology
Test Synonym(s): CTB, Culture Throat (Cystic Fibrosis Patients)
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: NOTE: FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS PATIENTS ONLY. 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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