Time Sensitive

Ordering Recommendation

Not recommended for routine detection of Chlamydia trachomatis (CT). Use to assess suspected treatment failure. May be considered for anatomic locations for which amplified testing has not been validated.

New York DOH Approval Status

This test is New York state approved.

Specimen Required

Patient Preparation

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.


Specimen source preferred.


Ambient: 1 hour; Refrigerated: 48 hours; Frozen at -20°C: Unacceptable; Frozen at -70°C: 1 month


Cell Culture/Immunofluorescence




2-5 days

Reference Interval

Culture negative for Chlamydia trachomatis.

Interpretive Data

Compliance Category



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 (ARUP supply #55224).

Positive Chlamydia cultures are confirmed for trachomatis by Chlamydia trachomatis by Transcription-Mediated Amplification (TMA) at no additional charge. Some specimen types acceptable for the Chlamydia trachomatis Culture may require a disclaimer for the TMA confirmation assay.

Hotline History


CPT Codes

87110; 87140


Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0060859 C. trachomatis Culture 6349-5
0060865 C. trachomatis Source 31208-2
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  • C. Trachomatis
  • Chlamydia Trachomatis
Chlamydia trachomatis Culture