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Chlamydia trachomatis Culture
0060850
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.

Mnemonic
CHLAM
Methodology
Cell Culture/Immunofluorescence
Performed
Sun-Sat
Reported
2-5 days
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
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Disease Topics
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
 
Collect
Cervical, eye, rectal, urethral swab, or peritoneal fluid. Also acceptable for newborns: Nasopharyngeal aspirate, swab or washing. 
Specimen Preparation
Immediately place swab, fluid, or washing in 3 mL universal transport medium such as M4, M4RT, M5, M6, UniTranz-RT, or UTM (ARUP supply #12884). Available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect or contact ARUP Client Services at (800) 522-2787. 
Storage/Transport Temperature
Frozen on dry ice. 
Unacceptable Conditions
Urine. Specimens in any transport media other than indicated. Calcium alginate, dry, or wood swabs. 
Remarks
Specimen source preferred. 
Stability
Ambient: 1 hour; Refrigerated: 48 hours; Frozen at -20°C: Unacceptable; Frozen at -70°C: 1 month 
Reference Interval
Culture negative for Chlamydia trachomatis.
Interpretive Data


Note
Nucleic acid amplification testing is recommended for detection of Chlamydia trachomatis from endocervical or urethral specimens. Refer to Chlamydia trachomatis by Transcription-Medicated Amplification (TMA) (ARUP test code 0060243). Specimen must be collected and transported with test-specific kit.
CPT Code(s)
87110; 87140
Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
0060859C. trachomatis Culture6349-5
0060865C. trachomatis Source31208-2
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Aliases
  • C. Trachomatis
  • Chlamydia Trachomatis