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ID:610 Ear (External ear) swab for culture
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DescriptionExternal ear swabs are taken for a variety of reasons most commonly for discharge. Please note that the swab can only culture organisms from the external ear canal. Culture of the middle ear involves tympanocentesis and should be best carried out by an ENT specialist .Automated liquid culture is used with manual plate reading
Indication Investigation of bacterial causes of Otitis media and Otitis externa
Additional InfoFiner shaft swabs (Orange top) are available on request for taking ear swab samples
Concurrent Testsna
Dietary Requirementsna

TubeE Swab Ear
Tube Picture
Collection ConditionsShaft of inoculated swab is broken at coloured breakpoint into liquid tube and cap screwed tightly. Specimen will be rejected if: 1) No swab in tube 2) No liquid in tube 3) Viral Transport Media is used (Red top)
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Units - Not Defined -
IP Acute TAT6 days
IP Routine TAT6 days
GP Acute TAT6 days
GP Routine TAT6 days
Turnround CommentNegative results may be available considerably earlier than stated turnaround time.

Originally edited by : Dr M Denton. Review due on 30/11/2018 13:45:15. Published By K Roberts on 30/11/2017 13:45:15.