Test Overview
Test Methodology

Culture

Test Usage

Isolate and identify group A beta-hemolytic streptococci

Reference Range *

No beta streptococci group A isolated

Test Limitations

The culture will be screened only for Group A Beta-hemolytic Strep.

Test Details
Days Set Up
Daily
Analytic Time

24 - 72 hours

Soft Order Code
SSN
MiChart Code
Streptococcus Group A Culture
Synonyms
  • Beta Strep Group A Culture, Rectal
  • SSN
  • BETA STREPTOCOCCUS CULTURE
  • Culture, Beta Strep Group A, Rectal
  • Streptococcus pyogenes, Rectal
Laboratory
Microbiology
Section
Microbiology
Specimen Requirements
Collection Instructions

Collect specimen from anorectum. Insert swab into aerobic transport tube and bend the swab at the breakpoint to break the shaft. Refrigerate and send within 48 hours of collection. Specimen should be sent for culture before antimicrobial therapy is started. If performing a rapid strep screen at the point of care, after collection insert the swab into the Eswab liquid, swish to mix well and then remove the swab to use for the onsite rapid test. If the rapid test is negative the remaining liquid in the Eswab transport tube may be sent for culture; do not place the swab back into the liquid after performing the rapid test.

Rejection Criteria
Specimen older than 48 hours.
Normal Volume
1 swab
Minimum Volume
1 swab
Storage Temperature
Ambient or Refrigerated: Up to 48 hours
Frozen: No
Additional Information

Streptococcus Group A Culture is offered only for rectal specimens. See Streptococcus Group A DNA by PCR for throat and pharynx specimens.

Billing
CPT Code
87081
Fee Code
20212