Abbrevation: Throat /C
SampleType: Throat swab
Transport: at RT
Storage: The same time must be analysis
Test Name: Throat Culture
Normal Range: -
To diagnose a possible bacterial infection of the throat (usually Streptococcus pyogene)
If you have a sore throat and fever and your doctor thinks it may have a bacterial cause (although most sore throats are caused by viruses and won't require antibiotics)
A swab brushed against your throat and tonsils
The test identifies Streptococcus pyogenes, known as Group A streptococcus, which are bacteria that infect the back of the throat and are a common cause for an infected and sore throat. Whilst group A Streptococcus is the commonest bacterial cause of a severe sore throat (pharyngitis), it is not the only bacterial cause and others include group C and G streptococcus and arcanobacteria.
How is the sample collected for testing?
The bacteria are tested for by throat culture. Your doctor may use a tongue depressor to hold down your tongue, and then s/he will insert a special swab into your mouth and brush it against your throat and tonsils. The swab will be sent to a laboratory, where culture is performed.
Is any test preparation needed to ensure the quality of the sample?
No test preparation is needed. The test should be performed before antibiotics are prescribed.