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ID:977 Throat swab for bacterial culture
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DescriptionTonsillopharyngitis causes great morbidity. Approximately 30% of cases are of viral aetiology and another 30% of unknown origin. Bacterial isolates are responsible for 30% of pharingitis cases, the primary pathogens being Streptococcus pyogenes (Group A Strep)and haemolytic Streps C and G, Arcanobacterium haemolyticum, Fusobacteria, Automated liquid culture is used with manual plate reading
Indication Isolation of causative organisms from bacterial infection.
Additional Info Ensure correct clinical details are indicated or selected on Order Comms if unusual pathogen is suspected
Concurrent Testsna
Dietary Requirementsna

TubeE Swab Pink
Tube Picture
Collection Conditions Shaft of inoculated swab is broken at coloured breakpoint into liquid tube and cap screwed tightly.
Min. Vol

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Ref. Range Notes
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 01/12/2018 13:10:32. Published By on 01/12/2017 13:10:32.