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Neisseria gonorrhoeae Culture
|In House Availability||Daily, all shifts|
|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)|
|Last Updated||11/19/2013 12:56:30 PM|