ANTIGEN RAPID STREP A (GAS)
: GAS, Strep A
: 87430: antigen
: Culturette - swab X 2
: 2 swabs
: 1 swab
: Room temperature
: Send to lab immediately
Reasons for Rejection
: Excessive delay in transport.
: Upon arrival
: 1 hour for antigen. 2-3 days for culture of antigen negative specimens.
: A positive antigen result has high specificity and does not require a culture to confirm. If susceptibility is needed, request a culture as well as an antigen. A negative antigen needs to be cultured to rule out Streptococcus group A.
: Negative antigen will be cultured for Streptococcus group A; this includes a separate charge. When a culture is performed, there will be separate charges for organism identification and susceptibility testing when appropriate.
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