Group A, Streptococcus PCR, Throat Swab, CVS Only


Sunquest Code:GASPCR  
Epic Code:LAB8073Epic Name:Group A Streptococcus PCR Throat Swab
Synonyms:Strep A PCR; Strep Throat PCR
Methodology:Real time PCR
CPT Code:87651
Test Includes:Culture will be performed if amplification result is invalid.
Turnaround Time:Performed and reported 24 hours/day. Results are reported within 24 hours of receipt in the Infectious Disease Laboratory.
Special Instructions:For CVS only. All others order Group A Strep, Rapid Antigen Test, Throat Swab (SSCRN).
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Collection Instructions

Specimen:Throat Swab
Container:CoPan ESwab with larger swab (CoPan ESwab with smaller swab, See Collection Instructions)
Collection Instructions:Collect using CoPan ESwab. Depress tongue and rub swab vigorously over each tonsillar area and posterior pharynx. Any exudate should be touched, and care should be taken to avoid tongue and uvula.
ESwab: Once throat has been swabbed, return ESwab to transport container. Break collection swab at molded breakpoint in the shaft and place screw cap on container.
Causes for Rejection:Sources other than throat are not acceptable for this method. Specimen not collected using ESwab collection device will be rejected.


Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Store swab at refrigerated temperature.
Shipping Instructions:Ship swab at refrigerated temperature.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory  (UMMC-East Bank)


Interpretive

Reference Range:Negative for Group A Strep
Use:This is a diagnostic test for the detection of group A Streptococcus in throat swab specimens from patients with signs and symptoms of pharyngitis.


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