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If culture is positive, identification will be performed at an additional charge (CPT code(s): 87077 or 87143 or 87147 or 87140 or 87149).
Antibiotic susceptibilities are only performed when appropriate (CPT code(s): 87181 or 87184 or 87185 or 87186).
Nasopharyngeal (NP), nasal passages and paranasal sinus drainage
See the alphabetical listing in the Microbiology section of Specimen Collection and Handling for further instructions.
One transport swab
Nasal wash or fluid
Collect specimen using a mini-tip culture swab transport device. Indicate source of specimen on both the test requisition and specimen transport device.
Transport swab (mini-tip with thin wire shaft in Amies gel medium)
Deliver to the Microbiology laboratory as soon as possible
Room temperature: 48 hours
Requests for anaerobic culture • Expired transport device • Frozen specimens
Bacteriologic culture. Aerobic includes routine isolation and identification procedures. Antibiotic susceptibility testing when appropriate.
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Culture of the nose (as opposed to nasopharynx) is primarily for the detection of Staphylococcus aureus. The significance of other organisms is difficult to assess since this site and its discharges can easily be colonized by a variety of organisms.
Adenoids Culture, Nose Culture, Tonsils Culture, Nasopharyngeal Culture, Inner Ear Culture, NP Culture, Nasal Culture
Reference ranges are provided as general guidance only. To interpret test results use the reference range in the laboratory report.
(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 tests listed by specialist are a select group of tests offered. For a complete list of Quest Diagnostics tests, please refer to our Directory of Services.