CHLAMYDIA/NEISSERIA GONORRHOEAE RNA, TMA, THROAT

Specimen Required
Send throat swab in Aptima® Combo 2 Transport media.
Use the Aptima Unisex Swab Specimen Collection kit (white label) or Aptima Vaginal Swab Specimen Collection kit (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 the lab.

Rejection Criteria
Transport tubes with 2 swabs, transport tubes with non-aptima swabs, broken containers, swab in m4 media, swab in viral culture media.

Methodology
Transcription Mediated Amplification (TMA)

Stability
Room temperature: 30 days; Refrigerated: 30 days; Frozen: 30 days

Reference Range
Not detected

Performed
Monday-Saturday

Turnaround Time2-4 days
Test CodeCNTH
CPT-4 Code (s)
87491, 87591
LOINC Codes
Chlamydia trachomatis TMA, Throat:   43304-5  
Neisseria gonorrhoeae TMA, Throat:   43305-2  

Warde
Medical
Laboratory