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CHLCX / 008565L
CULTURE, CHLAMYDIA TRACHOMATIS

Test Code CHLCX / 008565L 
Test CULTURE, CHLAMYDIA TRACHOMATIS 
Methodology Cell culture and subsequent detection of Chlamydia by Fluorescent Antibody. 
Description Useful as an aid in the diagnosis of infections involving Chlamydia trachomatis 
Specimen Submit refrigerated Multitrans System vial with swab specimen as indicated below. Indicate exact source of specimen on the requisition. Refrigerate.

Patient should not urinate within 1 hour prior to specimen collection.

URETHRA: Patient should not urinate within 1 hour prior to specimen collection. The swab should be inserted 2 cm into the urethra. Use firm pressure to scrape cells from the mucosal surface. If possible repeat with second swab.

CERVIX: Remove mucous / pus with a swab, discard, and use firm and rotating pressure to obtain specimen with another swab. May be combined with a urethral swab into same transport medium. This two-swab method is highly recommended.

RECTUM: Sample anal crypts with a swab. Avoid contamination with fecal material.

CONJUNCTIVA: Remove mucous and exudate. Use a swab and firm pressure to scrape away epithelial cells from upper and lower lids.

POSTERIOR NASOPHARYNX OR THROAT: Collect epithelial cells by using a swab. 

Analytic Time 4 Days 
Day(s) Test Set Up Daily 
CPT Code(s) 87110  Culture
87140  Culture, typing, immunofluorescent method