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ID:617 Genito-urinary medicine (GUM) N. gonorrhoeae culture
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DescriptionThe recommended diagnostic test for the investigation of this sexually transmitted disease is NAAT testing see separate entry. If Gonorrhoea is suspected and treatment is planned, it is preferable to refer the patient to Leeds Sexual Health (LSH). At LSH, cervical and urethral swab samples may be collected, and/or rectal and pharyngeal swabs if relevant. (Microscopic evaluation of samples is also carried out within the Sexual Health Clinic). Swabs should, if possible, be processed within 6 hours of collection. A special arrangement with LSH is in place to ensure the timely processing of these swabs in Microbiology. Timely processing from other requesting locations cannot be guaranteed. For specific advice please contact the laboratory (Ext 23962). Specimens for gonococcal culture should be taken using a pink E-Swab, (or if a thin swab is required, an orange E-Swab).
Indication Guidance for treatment of known or suspected gonococcal infection
Additional InfoContact tracing should also be carried out this is normally done by LSH
Concurrent TestsNAATs for GC and other STIs, if not already done
Dietary Requirementsna
Interpretation Interpretive guidance may be added to the report by the Microbiologist, if relevant.

TubeE Swab Pink and Orange
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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) 4) Aptima swab is sent for culture request
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Ref. Range (Male)
Ref. Range (Female)
Ref. Range (Paed)
Ref. Range Notes
Units - Not Defined -
IP Acute TAT7 days
IP Routine TAT7 days
GP Acute TAT- Not Defined -
GP Routine TAT- Not Defined -
Turnround CommentNegative results may be available considerably earlier than stated turnaround time.

Originally edited by : Dr M Denton. Review due on 10/06/2020 15:01:05. Published By K Roberts on 10/06/2019 15:01:05.