Streptococcus Group A Rapid with Reflex to PCR

Abbrev Code:STRAP   
Order Code:LAB8169Order Name:Streptococcus Group A Rapid SCR W Reflex to PCR
Synonyms:Streptococcus Antigen; Group A Strep; SSCRN; Rapid Strep Screen
CPT Codes: 87880 x1
Test Includes:Rapid antigen screen and if negative, Group A Strep PCR.
Turnaround Time:Performed daily; turnaround time is 30-45 minutes.
Special Instructions:Provide telephone number of requesting physician/location for result notification.
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IDDL (Microbiology/Virology) Collection Container Guidelines

Collection Instructions

Specimen:Throat Swab
Container:CoPan ESwab with larger swab
Alternate Containers: Clinic Only Collection Containers, CoPan ESwab with smaller swab, See Collection Instructions
Collection Instructions:
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.

Collect using flocked swab provided in the ESwab kit. Insert swab to the bottom of the tube and break the applicator shaft at the pink breakpoint indication line. Screw the cap on tightly and transport to the laboratory.

Clinics Only (except CSC, Oxboro and Maple Grove): Collect one puritan sterile rayon tipped swab and one ESwab. If the rapid strep is negative, the ESwab will be sent to the Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Lab for confirmatory testing.

If sending via PTS, the specimen must be placed in a lab specimen bag with an absorbent pad and then placed into another lab specimen bag.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Do not store.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Microbiology  (BurnsRidges, Clinics, CSC Mpls, Grand Itasca, Lakes, Northland, Oxboro Clinic, Range, Ridges, Southdale, UMMC/UMMCH-West Bank)


Reference Range:Negative

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