Culture, Genital

Supply #S02 - Amies Gel (blue cap)

Test code: 4558

CPT code(s): 87070

Includes: If culture is positive, identification will be performed at an additional charge (cpt code(s): 87077 or 87140 or 87143 or 87147 or 87149). Antibiotic susceptibilities are only performed when appropriate (cpt: 87181 or 87184 or 87185 or 87186).

Preferred specimen(s): Vaginal, endocervical, urethral, prostatic secretions. This Assay does not rule out Neisseria Gonorrhoeae or Group B Streptococci (use test “Culture, Streptococcus Group B”). Collect specimen using culture swab transport device. Indicate source of specimen on both the test requisition and specimen transport device.

Methodology:
Bacterial culture, aerobic includes routine isolation and identification procedures. Antibiotic susceptibility testing when appropriate.

Clinical Significance:
The significance of any isolate(s), in pure or mixed culture, must be assessed with respect to the source cultured, the organism's pathogenic potential, the possibility of colonization versus infection, and the number of other organisms recovered from the same culture.

Alternative Name(s):
Genital Culture

The CPT codes provided are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the Payor being billed.

Collection Guide: 

Supply: S02 - Amies Gel Swab

Preferred specimen(s): Vaginal, endocervical, urethral, prostatic secretions. This Assay does not rule out Neisseria Gonorrhoeae (use test “Culture, n. Gonorrhoeae”) or Group B Streptococci (use test “Culture, Streptococcus Group B”). Collect specimen using culture swab transport device. Indicate source of specimen on both the test requisition and specimen transport device.

Instructions: Do not refrigerate

Minimum volume: One transport swab

Transport container: Blue cap culture swab device with Amies gel transport medium

Transport temperature: Room temperature - Do not refrigerate

Specimen stability:
Deliver to the microbiology lab ASAP
Transport swab and sterile container at room temperature: 2 days

Reject criteria:
  • Expired transport swabs
  • Frozen specimens
  • Requests for anaerobic culture

For additional supply or collection device information, please contact DLO's Customer Service at (800) 891-2917, option 2.

The CPT codes provided are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the Payor being billed.