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.
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®
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.
Transport specimen to the laboratory.
Negative for beta strep
Interpretation Type: Expected Results