If indicated, further testing considered medically appropriate will be reflexed, resulting in additional charges.
Methodology: Multiple methodologies
Specimen Requirements: Nasopharyngeal swab cultures should be collected as follows:
- Using a small swab on a flexible wire (orange cap) supplied by Meadville Medical Center Laboratory, gently pass swab through the nose into the nasopharynx, rotate, and remove swab.
- Place swab into suitable transport tube.
- Refrigerate specimen after collection.
NOTE: Nasal cultures do not predict the etiology of sinus infection. The specimen of choice for culture for sinusitis is a needle aspirate from the affected sinus.
Preliminary report: 1 day
Final report: 2-3 days
Days Set Up: Monday through Sunday
87070 – culture