Days Set Up
Analytic Time

24 - 72 hours

MiChart Code
Streptococcus Group A Culture
Soft Order Code

Test Updated:


Beta Strep Group A Culture, Rectal
Culture, Beta Strep Group A, Rectal
Streptococcus pyogenes, Rectal

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Test Overview

Test Methodology


Test Usage

Isolate and identify group A beta-hemolytic streptococci

Reference Range

No beta streptococci group A isolated

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

Specimen Requirements

Collection Onsite

Collect specimen from anorectum and place in aerobic transport tube. Specimen should be sent for culture before antimicrobial therapy is started.

Collection Offsite

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.

Normal Volume
1 swab
Minimum Volume
1 swab

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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.