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Group A Strep Antigen

Infectious Disease Laboratories : Microbiology

Test ID/Workstation :
Specimen Type:
Throat swab
Tube Type:
Rapid strep dual swab, obtain from Central Supply
Collection Volume:
1 dual swab
Cause for Rejection:
Incorrect swab used to collect specimen, any specimen type other than throat
Immunochromatographic Assay
Special Instructions:
To obtain the best results, two swabs should be used together to swab the back of the throat and tonsillar area. The extra swab may be used for Strep culture if ordered. Deliver to lab ASAP. The Strep culture must be ordered in addition to the Group A Strep Antigen test. If the Group A Strep Ag is positive, a Strep culture is not done. All Negative Group A Strep Ag will have a culture Note:The Rapid Strep test has not been validated for rectal or vaginal swab specimens. For these specimen types, order a Strep culture.
30 minutes
Additional Info:
CPT Code:
Rapid Strep Test; Rapid Screen for Group A Strep
 Specimen Collection Procedures:
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