Ordering Recommendation

Identify C diphtheriae in clinical specimens.

Mnemonic
MC DIPH
Methodology

Culture/Identification

Performed

Sun-Sat

Reported

Negative at 4 days
Positives as soon as detected

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

Nasopharynx, throat, or wound swab. 
Swab nasopharynx and throat at the site of membrane or inflammation to increase recovery. Swab base of cleansed wound, if present. Submit each swab with a separate test order.

Specimen Preparation

Place swab in bacterial transport media.

Storage/Transport Temperature

Room temperature.

Unacceptable Conditions

Media: UTM or other viral transport media.

Remarks

Specimen source preferred.

Stability

Ambient: 48 hours; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: Unacceptable

Reference Interval

Culture negative for Corynebacterium diphtheriae.

Interpretive Data



Compliance Category

Standard

Note

If the organism is isolated, identification and toxin testing will be confirmed by the Center for Disease Control.

Hotline History
N/A
CPT Codes

87081; Identification CPT codes may vary based on method

Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0060360 Culture, Corynebacterium diphtheriae 16676-9
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Aliases
  • C. diptheria culture
  • Culture, Corynebacterium diphtheria
  • Culture, Corynebacterium diphtheriae
  • Diphtheria Culture
Corynebacterium diphtheriae Culture