Geisinger Medical Laboratories/Geisinger Proven Diagnostics Test Catalog

Test Name: Sunquest Test Code Epic Procedure Code Or ID CPT Code:  

CULTURE GRP A STREP

ORDERING INFORMATION:
Sunquest Test Code:
GRPAC      Geisinger Epic Procedure Code: 87081.03         Geisinger Epic ID: 14604

SPECIMEN COLLECTION
Specimen type:
Pharyngeal, throat, perianal swabs
Preferred collection container:
Special notes:
This test is not the primary testing procedure from throat specimens. The Group A Strep PCR(GASPCR) is recommended. Check expiration date on transport device before use.

SPECIMEN PROCESSING
Transport temperature:
Room temperature
Specimen stability:
Room temperature < 72 hours
Rejection criteria:
Improperly labeled/identified specimen. Improper swab type received. Expired collection device/swab. Grossly contaminated specimen. Delay in transport or transport at the wrong temperature.

TEST DETAILS
Reference interval:
No Group A Strep isolated
Critical values/courtesy alerts:
Group A Strep isolated
CPT code(s):
87081
Note: The billing party has sole responsibility for CPT coding.  Any questions regarding coding should be directed to the payer being billed.  The CPT codes provided by GML are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only.
Test includes:
Isolation and identification of Group A streptococci. Bacterial identification performed as appropriate. Additional charges may apply.
Methodology:
Culture
Synonyms:
THROAT
STREP
GROUP A STREP CULTURE
GROUP A
PYOGENES, STREP PYOGENES
CULTURE
PHARYNGITIS
Clinical significance:
Group A streptococcus (GAS) is the principal bacterial cause of pharyngitis. GAS is also a cause of perianal rash in children.
Doctoral Director(s:)
Donna Wolk PhD, D(ABMM), Raquel Martinez, PhD, D(ABMM)    
Review Date: 05/06/2019

Performing Locations

Geisinger Medical Center

Performing laboratory: Microbiology
Technical Lead: Barbara Shoemaker
Frequency: Daily, all shifts
Performed stat? No
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