Otolaryngology Book


Throat Culture

Aka: Throat Culture
  1. See Also
    1. Streptococcal Rapid Antigen Test
    2. Group A Streptococcal PCR (Point-Of-Care GAS Nucleic Acid Amplification Test)
    3. Group A Streptococcal Pharyngitis
    4. Pharyngitis
    5. Tonsillitis
  2. Indication
    1. Suspected Group A Streptococcal Pharyngitis
      1. Not recommended as primary test due to 24 hour delay
    2. Confirmatory testing
      1. Negative Streptococcal Rapid Antigen Test
  3. Technique
    1. Requires 24 hour minimum for adequate growth
  4. Accuracy
    1. Highly dependent on technique
    2. Single swab with single culture in adults
      1. Test Sensitivity: 90%
      2. Test Specificity: 99%

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