Test Overview
Test Methodology

Real time PCR

Test Usage

Real time PCR test to detect Beta Strep Group A

Reference Range *

Negative

Test Details
Days Set Up
Daily
Analytic Time

not to exceed 12 hours.

Soft Order Code
SGRPA
Synonyms
  • Culture, Throat / Oropharynx
  • Streptococcus pyogenes, Throat / Oropharynx
  • Beta Strep Group A Culture, Throat / Oropharynx
  • Strep Screen, Throat / Nasopharynx
  • SIA
Laboratory
Microbiology
Section
Microbiology
STAT Availability

For STAT TAT use code ERSTA

Specimen Requirements
Collection

Collect specimen from throat or oropharynx and place in ESwab. When taking throat specimen, swab both tonsillar pillars and oropharynx.
** When PCR is used as a confirmatory test for a rapid strep screen at the point of care, DO NOT place the swab back into the liquid after performing the rapid test. Send only the remaining liquid in the Eswab transport tube for PCR.
Store at room temperature and send within 24 hours of collection.

Collection Instructions
Rejection Criteria
Specimen > 48 hours old is unacceptable for this assay.
Frozen specimen is unacceptable.
Normal Volume
1 ESwab
Minimum Volume
1 ESwab
Storage Temperature
48 hours ambient or refrigerated.
Additional Information

Replacement test for Rapid strep EIA (SIA) and Strep screen culture (SSN)

Billing
CPT Code
87651
Fee Code
LA018
NY State Approved
No