Both Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae may infect the oral/pharyngeal cavity of sexually active individuals. Detection of this organism may be important for determining the risk for disease progression or transmission.
Use the APTIMA Unisex Swab Specimen Collection kit (white label) or
the APTIMA Vaginal Collection or Multi-Test Collection (orange label).
Using a tongue depressor, insert the small, blue shafted collection
swab (Unisex kit, NOT the larger white shafted cleansing swab) or the
small pink shafted collection swab (Vaginal kit) and vigorously rub
the tonsils and the posterior pharynx. Carefully remove the swab
without touching any area of the mouth. Remove the cap from the swab
specimen transport tube and immediately place the swab into
the transport tube. Carefully break the swab shaft at the score line.
Re-cap the swab specimen transport tube tightly, label and ship to
Reported (Analytical Time)
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.
METHODOLOGY: Transcription-Mediated Amplification (TMA) Reject Criteria: Transport tubes with 2 swabs; Transport tubes with Non-APTIMA(R) swabs; Specimens in broken containers; Swab submitted in M4 transport media; Swab submitted in Viral Culture Media (VCM)