Test Details

Mnemonic

MYHUC

Ordering Code

3400719

CPT-4 Code(s)

87109

Specimen Information

Collect

Urogenital swab collected in V-C-M tube or equivalent (UTM) container

Specimen Preparation

Specimen source required. Send urogenital specimen (vaginal, cervical, urethral swabs or
secretions) in V-C-M medium (green cap) tube or equivalent Universal Transport Media (UTM).

Alternate Specimen

Submit 1:1 volume of sterile body fluids, tissue, wound swabs, respiratory samples (sputum,
bronchial washings, tracheobronchial secretions, bronchial alveolar lavage) in VCM or equivalent.
Respiratory specimens only acceptable on children <1 yr old.
Urine - Centrifuge urine at 3000 rpm for 15 minutes. Suspend sediment in VCM or equivalent
transport media. If the specimen is not centrifuged, submit a 1:1 volume of urine in VCM or
equivalent transport media.

Minimum Volume

1.0 mL or 1 swab

Transport Temperature

Frozen (-70° C) on dry ice

Rejection Criteria

Specimens collected on wooden shaft swabs, or cotton swabs, specimen received in expired
transport medium, tissue specimen in formalin, urine containing any preservatives, specimens
received in M4RT transport medium, raw specimens, specimen collected in molecular transport
medium

Stability

Room temperature: Unacceptable
Refrigerated: 48 hours
Frozen (-20° C): Unacceptable
Frozen (-70° C): 30 days

Methodology

Culture
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Reference Range

Not isolated
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Performing Laboratory

Quest SJC
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