Chlamydia trachomatis Culture
0060850
Time SensitiveTime Sensitive

Ordering Recommendation
Not recommended for routine detection of Chlamydia trachomatis (CT). Use to detect CT in medicolegal settings and to assess suspected treatment failure. May be considered for anatomic locations for which amplified testing has not been validated.
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Mnemonic
CHLAM
Methodology
Cell Culture/Immunofluorescence
Performed
Sun-Sat
Reported
2-3 days
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
 
Collect
Cervical, eye, rectal, urethral swab, or peritoneal fluid. Also acceptable for newborns: Nasopharyngeal aspirate, swab or washing.  
Specimen Preparation
Transfer specimen immediately to Chlamydia transport media (UTM) (ARUP supply #12884). Available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect™ or contact ARUP Client Services at (800) 522-2787. Place each specimen in an individually sealed bag. Also acceptable: Any transport media validated for Chlamydia transport.  
Storage/Transport Temperature
Frozen on dry ice.  
Unacceptable Conditions
Urine. Specimens not preserved in Chlamydia culture transport media. Calcium alginate, dry, or wood swabs.  
Remarks
Specimen source preferred.  
Stability
Ambient: 1 hour; Refrigerated: 48 hours; Frozen at -70°C: 1 month  
Reference Interval
Culture negative for Chlamydia trachomatis.
Interpretive Data
Note
Amplified DNA testing is recommended for detection of Chlamydia trachomatis from endocervical or urethral specimens. Refer to Chlamydia trachomatis by Amplified Detection (APTIMA(0060243). Specimen must be collected and transported with test-specific kit.
CPT Code(s)
87110; 87140
Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart Name
0060859C. trachomatis Culture
0060865C. trachomatis Source
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Cross References
  • C. Trachomatis
  • Chlamydia Trachomatis