Test Details

Mnemonic

CNTH

Ordering Code

3435350

CPT-4 Code(s)

87491, 87591

Specimen Information

Collect

Throat swab

Specimen Preparation

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.

Minimum Volume

1 swab

Transport Temperature

Room temperature

Rejection Criteria

Transport tubes with 2 swabs, transport tubes with non-aptima swabs, broken containers, swab in M4 media, swab in viral culture media.

Stability

Room temperature: 30 days
Refrigerated: 30 days
Frozen: 30 days

Methodology

Transcription Mediated Amplification (TMA)
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Reference Range

Not detected
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Performing Laboratory

Quest SJC
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