Days Set Up
Monday, Wednesday, Saturday
Analytic Time

2 - 5 days

MiChart Code
Chlamydia trachomatis Culture
Soft Order Code

Test Updated:


Lymphogranuloma venerum Culture
LGV Culture
Culture, Chlamydia trachomatis

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Test Overview

Test Methodology

Culture for Chlamydia trachomatis.

Test Usage

Confirmation of the diagnosis of chlamydial infection. Chlamydia culture is used for detecting low levels of Chlamydia organisms present in suspected sexual abuse. If active Chlamydia infection is suspected, request the Chlamydia trachomatis DNA by PCR assay.

Reference Range


* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.

Specimen Requirements

Collection Offsite

Specimens should be collected early in the acute phase of infection. Obtain epithelial cells from infected site (e.g., insert and rotate a cotton, dacron or rayon tipped swab 2-4 cm into the male urethra or 1-1.5 cm into the female endocervical canal; do not use Calgiswab or swab with wooden shaft). Put swab into M4-RT transport medium, cutting or breaking the shaft to fit the tube. Tightly cap the vial, place in a plastic bag and refrigerate; do not freeze. Indicate culture site on request form. Acceptable culture sites include endocervix, endourethral, conjunctiva, rectal, peritoneal, nasopharyngeal, and throat. Urine is not an acceptable specimen for Chlamydia culture.

Normal Volume
1 swab
Minimum Volume

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As the reference laboratory division of Michigan Medicine's Department of Pathology, MLabs shares the institution's commitment to applying established quality principles to clinical laboratory testing. Like other large organizations in complex, consequential fields, we rely on an established approach to monitor quality throughout the testing process.