Test Overview
Test Methodology


Test Usage

To determine presence of N. gonorrhoeae.

Reference Range *

No Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolated.

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

Test Limitations

Test screens only for Neisseria gonorrhoeae. No other organisms will be identified. Overgrowth by Proteus and yeast may make it impossible to rule out presence of Neisseria.

Test Details
Days Set Up
Analytic Time

Preliminary results are reported in 48 hours. Negative cultures are reported after 3 days.

Soft Order Code
MiChart Code
Neisseria gonorrhoeae Culture
  • Culture, Neisseria
  • GC Screen
  • Gonorrhoeae
  • Neisseria gonorrhoeae Culture
  • NSSN
  • Routine Culture for GC
Specimen Requirements
Collection Instructions

Collect body fluid, discharge, pus, genital lesions, rectal swabs, vagina, cervix, endocervix, prostate, urethra, or throat swab. Store specimen in transport at room temperature. Because of delays in transit, this test is not recommended for use by MLabs clients; Neisseria gonorrhoeae DNA Amplification by PCR is available for detection of N. gonorrhoeae. Specimen should be sent for culture before antimicrobial therapy is started. Collection: FEMALE PATIENTS (CERVIX and ENDOCERVIX): DO NOT use lubricant on speculum. Clean excess mucus from the cervical os and surrounding mucosa. Insert the large swab from the collection kit 1 - 1.5 cm into the endocervical canal, rotate the swab clockwise for 10 - 30 seconds, and draw the swab back carefully avoiding any contact with the vaginal mucosa. Avoid contamination with normal flora from skin, rectum, vaginal tract, or other body surfaces. Return swab to the transport tube. MALE PATIENTS (URETHRA): Using small swab gently scrape the anterior urethral mucosa or urethral discharge. Insert the small swab from the collection kit 2 - 4 cm into the urethra, rotate clockwise for 2 - 3 seconds and withdraw. Insert the swab all the way into the transport media immediately after specimen collection. TIGHTEN LID OF TRANSPORT TUBE SECURELY TO PREVENT LOSS OF FLUID.

Normal Volume
0.5-1.0 ml or 1-2 swabs
Minimum Volume
0.5 -1.0 ml or 1-2 swabs
Storage Temperature
Ambient: Yes
Refrigerated: Yes
Frozen: No
Rejection Criteria
Specimen refrigerated or incubated.
Specimen collected in sterile container or aerobic bacti swab received in lab > 2 hours after collection.
Specimen collected in Eswab and received in lab > 24 hours after collection.
Additional Information

Neisseria gonorrhoeae DNA Amplification by PCR is available for detection of N. gonorrhoeae.

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