Days Set Up
Analytic Time

not to exceed 12 hours.

Soft Order Code

Test Updated:


Culture, Throat / Oropharynx
Streptococcus pyogenes, Throat / Oropharynx
Beta Strep Group A Culture, Throat / Oropharynx
Strep Screen, Throat / Nasopharynx

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Test Overview

Test Methodology

Real time PCR

Test Usage

Real time PCR test to detect Beta Strep Group A

Reference Range


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

Specimen Requirements


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 Offsite
Normal Volume
1 ESwab
Minimum Volume
1 ESwab

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Our High Standard

Quality that sets us apart

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.