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Throat swab (routine)

About This Test

Department: Microbiology, Virology and Molecular Microbiology

Requirement: throat swab

Turnaround Time: 2-3 days

Culture for common bacterial pathogens

Other Comments:

Collection container (including preservatives): Amies swab with charcoal

Special instructions - Relevant clinical data and details of recent or current antimicrobial treatment should be provided.

NB State if recurrent infection

Throat swabs should be taken from the tonsillar area and/or posterior pharynx avoiding the tongue and uvula

Specimen transport: If processing is delayed, refrigeration is preferable to storage at ambient temperature