Chlamydia Culture

Abbrev Code:CHLA   
Order Code:LAB244Order Name:Chlamydia Culture
Synonyms:STD; Chlamydia Trachomatis; CX, Culture Chlamydia
Methodology:Cell culture, Immunofluorescence
CPT Codes: 87110 x1, 87140 x1
Turnaround Time:Specimens are sent to reference laboratory Mon-Sat; results are reported within 2-3 days.

Collection Instructions

Specimen:Cervical, urethral, rectal, eye swab, or peritoneal fluid. Also acceptable for newborns: nasopharyngeal aspirate/washing/swab. Indicate source of specimen on sample.
Container:BD Universal Transport Media
Collection Instructions:Place swab or aspirate/wash in universal transport media (UTM) or other Chlamydia transport media immediately.
Causes for Rejection:Urine, samples not collected in Chlamydia culture transport media. Dry swabs, wood swabs and calcium alginate swabs.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Sample is stable refrigerated for 48 hours; frozen at -70oC for 1 month; frozen at -20oC is unacceptable.
Shipping Instructions:Ship frozen.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Lab Sendouts  (ARUP)
Referral Lab number:60850


Reference Range:Culture negative for Chlamydia trachomatis.
Use:Not recommended for routine detection of Chlamydia trachomatis (CT). Use to detect CT in medicolegal settings and to assess suspected treatment failure. May be considered for anatomic locations for which amplified testing has not been validated.

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