Culture, Bacterial, Anal/Genital, Ear, Eye, Skin, and Wound
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To identify pathogenic bacterial organisms as an indicator for appropriate therapeutic interventions for multiple sites of infection.
Sterile fluid or swab from affected area placed in transport media tube provided by laboratory.
(Method: Culture aerobic and/or anaerobic on selected media; cell culture followed by use of direct immunofluorescence, nucleic acid amplification, polymerase chain reaction [PCR], and DNA probe assays [e.g., Gen-Probe] are available for identification of Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Streptococcus agalactiae (group B streptococcus), and Chlamydia trachomatis.) Culture, negative: No growth of pathogens. Culture-enhanced PCR or other DNA assays, negative: None detected.