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CULTURE THROAT BACTERIAL (THB)

Department: Microbiology
Test Synonym(s): THB, Strep A culture, Throat culture
Test Components: Strep group A culture
CPT Codes: Strep Group A Culture: 87081. Cystic Fibrosis Culture: 87070.
Methodology: Culture
Reference Range: Negative for Strep Group A
Tube Type: Culturette swab
Specimen: Throat
Temperature: Room temperature
Stability: Send to lab immediately
Reasons for Rejection: Excessive delay in transport.
Days Performed: Daily
TAT: Culture: 2-5 days
Special Instructions: Routinely for Strep Group A only. Note: there is a special workup for CF patients; there are different and additional charges. The CF workup does not include Strep Group A unless specifically requested. The CF workup includes culturing for Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staph aureus, Burkholderia cepacia; other predominant potential pathogens. There will be a separate charge for organism identification and susceptibility when appropriate.

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