Culture for Corynebacterium diphtheriae (View in report form.)
CERNER / EPIC MNEMONIC:
CU C DIPHTHERIAE; C DIPHTH
Test includes isolation and identification of Corynebacterium diphtheriae ONLY. Susceptibility testing will NOT be performed.
Daily, 24 hours
Preliminary culture reports are available after 48 hours. Cultures with no growth of C. diphtheriae will be issued after 72 hours. Completion of culture reports from specimens in which C. diphtheriae has been isolated may take at least 4 days after receipt of the specimen.
The Microbiology Laboratory MUST be notified prior to specimen collection such that a special isolation medium can be prepared. Order or requisition must specify culture for C. diphtheriae.
Copan Swab® II, sterile container, Calgiswab®
Swab throat lesions, the tonsillar crypts, and the nasopharynx. Separate swabs for throat and nasopharynx specimens are desirable. A flexible calcium alginate swab, Calgiswab®, is recommended for obtaining the nasopharyngeal specimen.