Ordering Recommendation

Gold standard for confirming group A streptococcal infection. Order when rapid testing is negative and suspicion of streptococcus is moderately high.

Mnemonic
MC STREP
Methodology

Culture/Identification

Performed

Sun-Sat

Reported

Negative at 3 days
Positives as soon as detected

New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Collect

Throat swab.

Specimen Preparation

Place swab in Eswab transport media (ARUP Supply #45877) available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect™ or contact ARUP Client Services at (800) 522-2787.

Storage/Transport Temperature

Room temperature or refrigerated.

Unacceptable Conditions
Remarks

Specimen source required.

Stability

Ambient: 72 hours; Refrigerated: 72 hours; Frozen: Unacceptable

Reference Interval

Culture negative for group A β-hemolytic Streptococcus.

Interpretive Data



Compliance Category

Standard

Note
Hotline History
N/A
CPT Codes

87081; Identification CPT codes may vary based on method

Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0060126 Culture, Streptococcus (Group A) 547-0
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Aliases
  • Beta Streptococcus
  • Beta-Hemolytic Strep
  • Culture
  • Strep
  • Strep Group A
  • Strep Group B
  • Throat
Streptococcus (Group A) Culture