Diagnostic Test Directory

Microbiology Laboratory

Throat Culture

  • LIS Mnemonic: CRU

    Collect

    Throat specimen with double swab culture device set

    Volume Required

    1 swab set

    Minimum Required

    1 swab

    Transport

    Send to laboratory within two (2) hours at room temperature

    Stability

    Up to 24 hours after collection

    Processing

    Optimal specimens submission: within 2 hours of collection

    Unacceptable conditions

    Not suitable for anaerobes

Days Performed

Daily

Reported

Updates daily until final

CPT

87070

Methodology

Culture