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Test Code C Genital Genital Culture

Biohazard Infectious

Clinical System Name

Genital Culture

Synonyms

Cervical culture

Vaginal culture

Penile culture

Urethral culture

Neisseria gonorrhoeae

GC

GC Screen

Description

Includes Bacterial Culture and Gram Stain. Specimen cultured for Aerobic bacteria, including but not limited to Neisseria gonorrhoeae.

 

Note: The preferred test for diagnosis of GC is the Neisseria gonorrhoeae PCR (often ordered along with Chlamydia trachomatis PCR). However, if culture is required, as in cases of possible antibiotic resistance or if forensic investigation is necessary, a genital culture can be performed. See GC PCR

 

 

Sample Requirements

Container: BD ESwab is collected for Genital Culture.

Preferred Vol: N/A

Minimum Vol: N/A

 

Please consult the Photo Swab Guide to determine which swab to collect.
See GC PCR for collection of samples for rapid testing for N gonorrhoeae.

 

 

Main Campus collection: Samples should be on the BD ESwab. Transport to Microbiology ASAP for culture set up. This swab is appropriate for both culture and gram stain.

 

Regional Clinic collection: Samples collected at off-site locations should be collected using the BD ESwab..

 

 

 

 

Processing Instructions

CPA: Send sample to Microbiology for processing.

 

Off-site collection:  Genital cultures are not set up at Off-site Children's Lab locations. Swabs should be kept at room temperature until and during transport to SCH Microbiology Laboratory. 

 

 

Stability

BD ESwab
Temp Time
Room temp 24 hours  
Refrigerated OK up to 24 hours
Frozen N

 

 

Availability

Procedure Performed Turn Around Time (TAT)
Gram Stain 24/7

1 hours

Culture 24/7 72 hours

 

Cultures are read at appropriate intervals to detect early bacterial growth. STAT culture requests are not applicable.

Performing Laboratory

Seattle Children's Laboratory

 

Department

Microbiology Laboratory

CPT Codes

87070

 

This test is not limited to the CPT codes listed.  Others may be added as more testing is necessary and depending on the pathogens isolated (such as MIC's and ID's)

Reporting Information

Preliminary Report:  18 - 24 hours

Negative Final Report: 72 hours

 

Notifiable Result

Neisseria gonorrhoeae is a Notifiable Condition under Wash State Law.

 

See Link below for Notifiable Conditions for WA state labs:

http://www.doh.wa.gov/PublicHealthandHealthcareProviders/NotifiableConditions.aspx

 

See Link below for PDF of phone numbers for Local Health jurisdictions (by County) in WA State:

http://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1200/phsd-LHJ.pdf