Group A, Streptococcus PCR, Throat Swab

Abbrev Code:ASTREPCR   
Order Code:LAB8073Order Name:Group A Streptococcus PCR Throat Swab
Synonyms:Strep A PCR; Strep Throat PCR
Methodology:Real time PCR
CPT Codes: 87651 x1
Turnaround Time:Performed and reported 24 hours/day. Results are reported within 24 hours of receipt in the Infectious Disease Laboratory.
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IDDL (Microbiology/Virology) Collection Container Guidelines

Collection Instructions

Specimen:Throat Swab
Container:CoPan ESwab with larger swab
Alternate Containers: 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.

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.
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.
Stability:48 hours at room temperature; 6 days refrigerated.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory   (Grand Itasca, Range, Ridges, Southdale, St. John's, UMMC East Bank, Woodwinds)


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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