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TEST NAME Diphtheria Culture
DEPARTMENT BACT
TESTS B9
DESCRIPTION Screening procedure for isolation and identification of Corynebacterium diphtheriae in suspect cases of diphtheria.
SPECIMEN REQUIREMENTS

SPECIMEN: Throat exudate

CONTAINER: Bacterial Culturette

COLLECTION: A throat swab taken from posterior pharynx, and areas of the tonsils showing dull white pseudo membrane. Avoid the tongue and uvula. Dacron swabs are best for collection.

TRANSPORT CONDITIONS: Room Temperature (25±5°C): 1 day

Refrigerated (5±3°C): 1 day

Frozen (-15±5°C): Unacceptable

TURNAROUND TIME (TAT)

1 week

REFERENCE RANGE Negative
TEST METHOD Culture
CPT CODES

87077