Jun 28, 2017




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Culture, Streptococcus

Culture, Streptococcus (BSC) Microbiology Lab Test

Name: Culture, Streptococcus

Test Name: Culture, Streptococcus

Health Link Test Code: BSC

LIS Test Code: STRS

CPT Code(s): 87081; Additional CPT codes may be added for processing, identification, and susceptibility testing.

Methodology: Culture

Clinical Information:

Culture for beta Streptococcus (S.pyogenes group A and S. dysgalactiae group C and G). Indicate if Arcanobacterium haemolyticum is suspected.

Days Performed: Daily.

In-Lab Turnaround Time: Preliminary report: 1 day. Final report: 2 days minimum.

Stat In-Lab Turnaround Time: Not available stat.

Specimen: Pharyngeal swab

Collection Container: CultureSwab®

Collection Instructions:

Using a tongue depressor, gently depress the tongue and use a sterile swab to collect a specimen from between the tonsillar pillars and behind the uvula. Sweep the swab back and forth across the posterior pharynx, tonsillar areas, and any inflamed or ulcerated areas to obtain sample. Avoid touching the tongue, uvula, cheeks, or lips.

Stability Ambient:

24 hours

Stability Refridgerated:

24 hours

Stability Frozen:

Not acceptable

Specimen Transport:

Transport specimen to the laboratory.


Negative for beta strep

Interpretation Type: Expected Results