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CULTURE VAGINAL BACTERIAL (VAB)

Department: Microbiology
Test Synonym(s): VAB, Vaginal culture
Test Components: Neisseria gonorrheae (and Group B Strep culture for OB patients)
CPT Codes: 87070
Methodology: Culture
Reference Range: Negative
Tube Type: Culturette - swab
Specimen: Vaginal
Temperature: Room temperature
Stability: Send to lab immediately
Reasons for Rejection: Non sterile or leaking container. Excessive delay in transport.
Days Performed: Daily
TAT: 3-5 days
Special Instructions: Gram stains are not performed on vaginal specimens. Specimen is routinely cultured for Neisseria gonorrheae. If toxic shock syndrome is suspected, the culture will be examined for predominant Staph aureus and Streptococcus group A. There will be separate charges for organism identification and susceptibility testing when appropriate. Make a note on the requisition if toxic shock syndrome is suspected. If Strep Group B is being ruled out, make a note on the requisition so a LIM broth can be included.

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