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2400: Chlamydia trachomatis Culture Print View
Specimen Source      
Chlamydia trachomatis Culture SHELL VIAL  Not isolated   

1 M4 Transport Media/Swab 3 (1) mL   Room Temperature - 24 Hour(s)/Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)/Frozen - 7 Day(s) See COLLECTION INSTRUCTIONS./// 
  VCM Medium   Frozen - 7 Day(s)/Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)/Room Temperature - 24 Hour(s)  

Aid in the diagnosis of Chlamydia infections; cervicitis, trachoma, conjunctivitis, PID, pneumonia, urethritis, nongonococcal urethritis, pneumonitis, and sexually transmitted diseases.

1. Specimen source is essential because processing and set up is
dependent on it. Indicate on the requisition form where specimen was
2. Specimens should be collected early in the acute phase of
infection. The chance of microorganism recovery is best during the
first 3 days after onset and is greatly reduced beyond 5 days with
with many microorganisms.
3. Acceptable specimens:
Urethral, cervical, rectal mucosal, eye, nasopharyngeal (aspirate/wash
/swab) specimens, body fluid, seminal fluid.
4. To maintain optimum viability, place swab or fluid into UTM or
equivalent Chlamydia transport medium and transport the specimen to
to the laboratory as soon as possible. Best recovery is obtained when
when the specimens are refrigerated at 2-8degrees C or kept on wet ice
following collection and while in transit. If there will be a long
delay before processing, specimens in UTM or equivalentshould be
frozen at -70degrees C or colder and transported on dry ice. Storage
or transport at -20degrees C is not acceptable. Raw (unpreserved)
sample should only be refrigerated and not frozen.
5. Unacceptable specimens:
Urine, wooden shaft or calcium alginate swabs, dry swabs. Swabs in
bacterial gel-based transport media, swabs in nucleic acid transport
media, tissues in fixatives
6. Universal transport media (UTM) and dacron-tipped swabs with
plastic or fine-wire shafts available for use with UTM are provided.
Please call Client Services, 800-421-4449 to request media
Setup Schedule

Reported (Analytical Time)
3 days

CPT Code

The CPT codes provided are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payer being billed.

1. Please supply patient's birth date on Test Requisition Form for Public Health Department reporting. 2. Test code #7437U Chlamydia trachomatis rRNA Detection [TMA] is recommended for URINE specimens. Nucleic acid amplification is the new gold standard for STD detection due to its high sensitivity and specificity. 3. Culture is recommended as the standard for Chlamydia trachomatis detection in suspected sexual abuse.

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