Culture, Throat

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Test Code

Alias/See Also
Throat Culture; Beta Strep (GRP A);
Group A Strep Culture; Group A Streptococcus,
Throat;  (comment: Rule out (R/O) Strep, Source; Throat);
TC Comprehensive;
Throat C&S(Includes handwrit

CPT Codes
87070*** When a culture is positive there will be a reflex for each identification and susceptibility performed

Preferred Specimen
Throat specimen on culture swab.

Transport Container
Culture Swab (teal green cap) or (yellow cap) acceptable

Transport Temperature
Room Temperature

Specimen Stability
Room Temperature = 2 days
Refrigerated = 2 days
Frozen = unacceptable

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Processing of specimen will be delayed if test is not indicated on requisition. Swabs with ampule not crushed.  Frozen specimen.

Conventional Isolation and Identification Techniques. Susceptibilities will be performed on appropriate isolates.

Setup Schedule
Sunday - Saturday

Report Available
4 days

Clinical Significance
Throat cultures are useful in determining the cause of pharygitits. This culture looks for the presence of beta-hemolytic Streptocci, which are a common cause of pharyngitis.

Performing Laboratory
Compunet Clinical Laboratories, LLC
2308 Sandridge Drive
Moraine, OH 45439

Last Updated: December 7, 2021

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.