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Neisseria gonorrhoeae Culture

Item Value
Approval req'd? No
Available Stat? No
Test code P128
Test group Gonococcus
Performed by Microbiology
In House Availability Daily, all shifts
Method Culture
Collection Instructions Male urethra:Use a wire swab. Insert the swab and twirl it gently for a few seconds. Place swab in Amies transport medium with charcoal.

Other sites: Use the swab supplied in the Amies transport medium with charcoal collection kit . For cervical or rectal samples insert the swab and twirl it gently for a few seconds. Swab throat for throat specimens.

Specimens should be held at room temperature and transported to the laboratory for inoculation within 6 hours of collection.
Container type Swab in Amies transport medium with charcoal
Sample type Swab of genital, rectal, throat, and other sites
UCSF Rejection Criteria Refrigerated samples, samples delivered to lab >12 hours after collection, swabs not received in Amies transport medium with charcoal
Processing notes Maintain sample at room temperature
Normal range No Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolated
Critical value Positive culture from sterile sites only
Synonyms Bacterial culture; N. gonorrheae; Neisseria gonorrhoeae; STD; Sexually transmitted disease
Stability 6 hours in appropriate transport media. Samples received 6-12 hours after collection may be compromised.
Turn around times Up to 3 days
Additional information Gram stain is performed on specimens other than endocervical, vaginal, rectal, and throat, and is billed separately.

Nucleic acid detection is a sensitive method for diagnosis of CT / NG infections and is the recommended method for most patients. Culture for Neisseria gonorrhoeae can be ordered to assess clinical treatment failure (where DNA may persist post-treatment), cases of suspected sexual abuse, or for sample types other than cervical, urethral, rectal, pharyngeal, vaginal and urine (e.g. eye swab, tissue, extra-genital infection sites).
CPT coding 87081, 87205 (gram stain)
LOINC code 698-1
Last Updated 11/19/2013 12:56:30 PM
Entry Number 453
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