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CULTURE NASO PHARYNX BACTERIAL (NPB)

Department: Molecular Infectious Disease
Test Synonym(s): NPB, Naso-pharyngeal culture
Test Components: Naso-pharyngeal culture
CPT Codes: 87070
Methodology: Culture
Reference Range: Culturette swab
Tube Type: 2 Dacron or polyester swabs on wire shaft.
Specimen: Naso-pharynx source
Temperature: Room temperature
Stability: Send to lab immediately
Reasons for Rejection: Excessive delay in transport.
Days Performed: Daily
TAT: Culture: 2 days
Special Instructions: There will be a separate charge for organism identification when appropriate. If culture is for surveillance, specify organism suspected

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