Lab Test

Culture, Genital

Vaginal, cervical, urethral

Test Codes



Specimen Collection Criteria

Collect: Aseptically collect a sterile swab from one of the following sources and place in the ESwab transport system or Amies charcoal medium:
  1. Cervical.
  2. Vaginal.
  3. Urethral (Males Only).
  4. Penis
  5. Seminal Fluid
  6. Labia

Physician Office/Draw Specimen Preparation

Do NOT refrigerate specimen. Maintain at room temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F) and transport to the Laboratory within 8 hours of collection.

Preparation for Courier Transport

Transport: Swab specimen in ESwab transport system or Amies charcoal medium, at room temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F).

Rejection Criteria

  • Specimens submitted on dry swabs or not in the listed transport media.
  • Specimens delayed in transit (greater than 8 hours from the time of collection).

Inpatient Specimen Preparation

Immediately transport specimens to the Laboratory for processing.

In-Lab Processing

Do NOT refrigerate specimen. Maintain at room temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F) prior to testing.


Specimen Stability for Testing:

Room Temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F): 8 hours
Refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F): Unacceptable
Frozen (-20°C/-4°F or below): Unacceptable

Specimen Storage in Department Prior to Disposal:

Room Temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F): 4 days


Dearborn Microbiology Laboratory
Taylor, Trenton and Wayne sent to Dearborn Microbiology Laboratory for testing.

Royal Oak Microbiology Laboratory
Farmington Hills, Grosse Pointe, and Troy sent to Royal Oak Microbiology Laboratory for testing.


Sunday – Saturday, 24 hours a day.
Preliminary results available within 24 hours.

Reference Range

No pathogens recovered.

Test Methodology

Aerobic culture, identification, and susceptibility testing (if indicated).


The recovery of a bacteria from an appropriate, properly collected specimen may be indicative of an infectious disease process.

Clinical Utility

This test is used to recover and identify aerobic bacteria that may be involved in human infections.

Disease Reporting

Neisseria gonorrhoeae positive cultures are reportable to MDHHS per Michigan Law.


  1. Vandamme, P.A.R. 2015. Specimen Collection, Transport, and Processing: Bacteriology. Jorgensen, J.H., Editor-in-Chief. Manual of Clinical Microbiology. 11th edition. ASM Press. Washington, D.C., p. 228-272.
  2. Linscott, A.J., 2016. Specimen Collection, Transport, and Acceptability. Clinical Microbiology Procedure Handbook. 4th ed. Leber, A.L. (ed), ASM Press. Washington, D.C., Section 2.1.
  3. Carson, J.A., 2016. Wound/Abscess and Soft Tissue Cultures. Clinical Microbiology Procedure Handbook, 4th ed. Leber, A.L., (ed), ASM Press. Washington, D.C., Section 3.13.

CPT Codes

87070, 87088 (if indicated).
LOINC:  10352-3


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