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Test Code LAB2551 Genital Culture


Clinical System Name

Genital Culture


Cervical culture

Vaginal culture

Penile culture

Urethral culture

Neisseria gonorrhoeae


GC Screen


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 collected using 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. 




BD ESwab
Temp Time
Room temp 24 hours  
Refrigerated Do not refrigerate
Frozen N




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



Microbiology Laboratory

CPT Codes



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)


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


Note: The preferred (and more rapid) test for diagnosis of GC is the Neisseria gonorrhoeae PCR (often ordered along with Chlamydia trachomatis PCR). See CT GC PCR, GC PCR, CT PCR.


For forensic evaluations, please see Photo Swab Guide - Sexual Assault and order Culture, GC Screen and Wet Mount through the approproiate PowerPlan.



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:


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