Strep A (by PCR)

CPT Code


Specimen Type

Throat Swab

Container Type

ESWAB or Copan dry swab


48 hours Room Temperature; 2-8°C for up to 8 days

Handling Instructions

Throat swab specimens should be stored between 2-25°C during transport. Place swabs in non-nutritive media (e.g. Liquid Stuart or Liquid Amies, without charcoal).

Clinical Notes

Group A Streptococcus represents a significant new advancement in healthcare by providing a molecular solution for the detection of Group A Strep pharyngitis from throat swab specimens.