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Test Code M42 Throat/Pharynx Culture

Additional Codes


PowerChart: Culture Throat

MA Cerner: Throat Culture

Specimen Requirement

Throat swab collected using a Cultureswab collection device.

Additional Specimen Collection Information

Collection Instructions:

  1. Have patient lie or sit with head tilted back.

  2. Instruct patient to open mouth, stick out tongue and breathe deeply through mouth during procedure.

  3. Direct maximum lighting toward the back of the throat.

  4. Using a tongue blade, depress tongue and vigorously swab the epiglottal area using the Cultureswab.

  5. Remove swab without touching any other parts of the mouth.

  6. Return the swab to the collection device.

  7. Label the specimen appropriately with two identifiers, patient name and another identifier, (patient ID number, DOB, etc.) include specimen source, date and time of collection.

Transport the specimen to the laboratory as soon as convenient, within 24 hours of collection.

Useful For

Identification of potential pathogens


Testing performed Monday through Sunday

Typically completed 24 to 48 hours after specimen arrives at the testing site.

CPT Code Information

87071 Identification of Microorganism; quantitative, aerobic with isolation and presumptive identification of isolates, any source except urine, blood or stool.

LOINC Code Information

17898-8 Bacteria Identified In Throat By Aerobe Culture

Test Method

Manual; Agar Growth and Biochemical Identification

Reference Values

Normal flora

Reports will indicate the presence of normal flora. Any potential pathogens will be identified and sensitivities performed when appropriate.