Haemophilus ducreyi Culture

Abbrev Code:XMISC   
Order Code:LAB4909Order Name:Send Outs Misc Test
CPT Codes: x1
Turnaround Time:Specimens are sent to reference laboratory Mon-Fri; results are reported within 10 days.
Special Instructions:Contact the Minnesota Department of Health at 651-201-5073 before requesting this test.

Collection Instructions

Specimen:Swab from base of ulcer
Container:Microbiology containers
Collection Instructions:


·    Cleanse ulcer base thoroughly with sterile gauze pad moistened in sterile saline.

·    Immediately after sampling, put in Amies (preferred) or Amies with charcoal and refrigerate.

NOTE: A direct smear done at this point is nonspecific since other gram negatives have similar morphology to H. ducreyi, (e.g., Bacteroides fragilis).


Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature. Sample must be delivered to Minnesota Department of Health within 24 hours of sample collection.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Lab Sendouts  (Minnesota Department of Health)


Use:Establish the cause of chancroid, venereal ulcers.

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