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2937SW: Neisseria gonorrhoeae Confirmation [TMA] Print View
Neisseria gonorrhoeae rRNA [TMA] Conf TMA  Not detected   

1 Gen-Probe (Aptima) Swab 1 (1) mL   Frozen - 3 Month(s)/Refrigerated - 60 Day(s)/Room Temperature - 60 Day(s) Swab of endocervix or male urethra in Gen-probe Aptima Combo 2 media.///See Collection Instructions./// 
  Genprobe PACE Swab   Refrigerated - 7 Day(s)/Frozen - 2 Month(s)/Room Temperature - 7 Day(s)  
  Gen-Probe (Apt) Vag Swab   Refrigerated - 60 Day(s)/Frozen - 3 Month(s)/Room Temperature - 60 Day(s)  
  Universal Transport Media   Refrigerated - 4 Day(s)/Frozen - 60 Day(s)/Room Temperature - 4 Day(s)  
  SurePath Vial   Refrigerated - 6 Month(s)/Room Temperature - 28 Day(s)  
  ThinPrep Vial   Room Temperature - 21 Day(s)/Refrigerated - 21 Day(s) Use ThinPrep Pap Test Collection Kit and endocervical Broom/Brush///collection device./// 
  M4 Transport Media/Swab   Refrigerated - 4 Day(s)/Frozen - 60 Day(s)/Room Temperature - 4 Day(s)  
  AutoCyte PREP Tube   Room Temperature - 28 Day(s)/Refrigerated - 6 Month(s)  

The assay may be used to test specimens from symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals to aid in the diagnosis of gonococcal urogenital disease, as well as to confirm the results obtained from the Gen-Probe APTIMA Combo 2 Assay (test code #7438U) for the simultaneous detection and differentiation of CT and/or GC.

1. Endocervical swab speciemens:
a. Remove excess mucus from cervical os and surrounding mucosa
using cleaning swab (white shaft). Discard swab.
b. Insert the specimen collection swab (blue shaft swab in
the package with green printing) into the endocervical canal.
c. Gently rotate the swab clockwise for 10-30 sec in the
endocervical canal to ensure adequote sampling.
d. Immediately place the specimen collection swab into the
transport tube and re-cap the tube tightly.
2. Male urethral swab specimens:
a. Instruct the patient not to urinate for at least 1 hr
before specimen collection.
b. Insert the specimen collection swab (blue shaft swab in the
package with the green printing) 2-4 cm into the urethra.
c. Gently rotate the swab clockwise for 2-3 sec in the urethra
to ensure adequate sampling.
d. Immediately place the specimen collection swab into the
specimen transport tube and re-cap the tube tightly.
M4 media samples:
See manufacturer's collection instructions or call Client Services
for details. Swab in M4 media
can be shipped or stored at 2-30 C for 3 days. If longer storage
is needed, store at 20 C or 70 C for 60 days.
ThinPrep Pap Test Specimens:
Specimens collected using broom-type device and placed in Cytyc
PreservCyt Solution for use in making ThinPrep Pap Test slides can
be used for CT/GC testing. Collect specimens in routine manner; 4 mL
PreservCyt solution required for CT/GC test. PreservCyt specimens
stable 3 weeks ambient following collection and prior to processing.
Specimens in alternate transport media (M4, ThinPrep, SurePath,
culturette swabs) have been validated by Quest Diagnostics Nichols

Rejection Criteria: BD ProbeTec Vials
Setup Schedule
Monday, Wednesday

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.

The Gen-Probe analyte specific reagent (ASR) APTIMA GC assay is a target amplification mucleic acid probe test that utilizes target capture for the in vitro qualitative detection of ribosomal RNA (rRNA) from GC in endocervical and male urethral swab specimens, and in female and male urine specimens. Recently, revised CDC gudielines for CT and GC testing recommended that a confirmatory test be performed following a positive screening test in order to improve the specificity of a final diagnosis, especially in low prevalence populations. All positive tests should be considered as presumptive evidence of infection. Consideration should be given to increasing specificity by performing a confirmatory test after a positive screening test and requiring that both the screening test and the confirmatory test be positive to make a diagnosis of CT or GC infection.

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