Culture, Throat

Supply #S07 - Amies Liquid Double Swab

Test code: 394

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 code(s): 87181 or 87184 or 87185 or 87186).

Methodology: Bacterial culture, Aerobic routine isolation and Identification procedures; Antibiotic susceptibility testing (when appropriate)

Limitations: Test does not differentiate between patient with acute infection or an asymptomatic carrier.

Clinical significance: The significance of any isolate 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 in the same culture. This test may be useful in the detection of agents of epiglottis and thrush and a. Haemolyticum.

Alternative name(s): Throat culture and susceptibility

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Collection Guide: 

Supply: S07 - Amies Liquid Double Swab

Preferred Specimen: Collect throat specimen using BD double swab in Amies Liquid

  1. Ask the patient to open their mouth and say “AH”.
  2. Gently depress the tongue with a tongue depressor.
  3. Guide the swab over the tongue to the posterior pharynx.
  4. Gently swab the mucosa behind the uvula and between the tonsillar pillars back and forth.
  5. Remove the swab without touching the tongue, uvula, or lips.

Transport container: Double swabs in Amies liquid

Transport temperature: Room temperature

Specimen stability: Deliver to the microbiology lab as soon as possible.
Room temperature: 2 days

Reject criteria:
  • Expired transport device
  • Frozen
  • Request for anaerobic culture

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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.