Streptococcus Group A Rapid Antigen with Reflex to CultureMain Content
Test Code: 10553
Includes: If Streptococcus Group A Rapid Antigen is negative, a culture will be performed at an additional charge.
Methodology: Immunochromatography Bacterial Culture, Aerobic Routine Isolation and Identification Procedures
Clinical Significance: A positive result from the antigen assay or isolation of Group A streptococci by culture from a symptomatic patient is usually considered clinically significant.
Alternative Name(s): Strep A
Supply: S07 - Double swab (red cap) AMIES Liquid Transport Medium
Preferred Specimen: Double swab in Amies Liquid
- Ask the patient to open their mouth and say “Ahh”.
- Gently depress the tongue with a tongue depressor.
- Guide the swab over the tongue to the posterior pharynx.
- Gently swab the mucosa behind the uvula and between the tonsillar pillars back and forth.
- Remove the swab without touching the tongue, uvula, or lips.
Transport Container: Amies liquid swab container
Transport Temperature: Room temperature
- dry swab: 24 hours
- swabs in liquid transport medium: 48 hours
- Cotton tip or calcium alginate swabs
- swabs containing charcoal or semi-solid media
- swabs with wooden shafts
- expired transport device
- dry swabs >24 hours old
- swabs from sources other than throat
For additional supply or collection device information, please contact DLO's Customer Service at (800) 891-2917, option 2.