Chlamydia Species Culture [690x] [690]

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Test Code

Alias/See Also
Chlamydia Culture by Shell Vial;
Chlamydia Comment: VCTM submitted;
Chlamydia Isolation

CPT Codes
87110, 87140

Preferred Specimen
Endocervical, Endourethral, or Rectal mucosa (without feces) swab in VTM or other FDA approved equivalent viral transport media

Other Acceptable Specimens
Vaginal swab on children < 13 years old

Place swab or nasal aspirate into VCM (equal volumes of fluid and VCM) or equivalent and transport the specimen to the laboratory as soon as possible. Best recovery is obtained when the specimens are refrigerated at 2-C prior to shipment. Specimens in VCM or equivalent should be frozen at -70°C or colder and transported on dry ice. Storage or transport at -20°C is not acceptable.

Transport Container
VCM medium (green-cap) tube or equivalent
-70 degrees Celsius

Transport Temperature
Frozen -70°C

Specimen Stability
Room temperature: Unacceptable
Refrigerated: 48 hours
Frozen -20°C: Unacceptable
Frozen -70°C: 30 days

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Specimens submitted in Viral Transport Media that do not support Chlamydia; Wooden shaft and calcium alginate swabs; Bacterial transport systems; Molecular transport systems

Centrifugation-Enhanced Culture with Monoclonal Antibody Detection

Setup Schedule
Set up: Mon-Sat; Report available: 3 days

Reference Range
Not isolated

Clinical Significance
C. trachomatis is associated with infections of the mucous membranes of the urogenital system, the upper respiratory tract and the eye. It may be sexually transmitted; Resulting diseases include urethritis, cervicitis, salpingitis, epididymitis, proctitis and lymphogranuloma venereum. C.pneumoniae is associated with both upper and lower respiratory infections. Infections of the upper respiratory tract and eye usually occur in newborns exposed at parturition. In adults, eye infection may be transmitted by hand after contact with secretions. Isolation by tissue culture is recommended when testing individuals for legal purposes.

Performing Laboratory
Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute
14225 Newbrook Drive
Chantilly, VA 20153

Last Updated: October 19, 2022

The CPT Codes provided in this document are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed. Any Profile/panel component may be ordered separately. Reflex tests are performed at an additional charge.