Throat Culture, Routine

Test Mnemonic


CPT Codes

  • 87070 - QTY (1)




  • Culture, Throat

Performing Laboratory

Cleveland Clinic Laboratories

Specimen Requirements

Volume Type Container Collect Temperature Transport Temperature Special Instructions
1 E SwabAmbientAmbient 


Environmental Condition Description
Ambient72 hours
Refrigerated72 hours

Days Performed

Sun - Sat

Turnaround Time

4 days


Name Description

Reference Range

Throat Culture, Routine
Sex Age From Age To Type Range Range Unit
       No Group A Beta-hemolytic Streptococcus isolated 

Special Info

Use swab to sample inflamed areas and exudate from the posterior pharynx. Place swab in transport medium. Routine throat cultures will be processed only for growth of Beta-hemolytic Streptococcus species. If culture is positive, identification will be performed on clinically significant organisms at an additional charge. Identification CPT code that may apply is 87077. Antimicrobial susceptibilities are performed when requested, and the following CPT codes may apply: 87181, 87184, 87186.

Clinical Info

Guidelines for the diagnosis of Group A streptococcal pharyngitis are available from IDSA (Clin Infect Dis 2012; 55:e86-102).