Laboratory Test Information Guide

Details for Neisseria gonorrhoeae Culture

Test Name: Neisseria gonorrhoeae Culture
Alternate Name(s): GC Culture
Gonorrhoeae culture
Laboratory: Microbiology (VH)
Specimen Type: Cervical swab
Eye swab (newborns)
Rectal swab
Throat swab
Urethra swab
Vaginal swab from sexual assaultor any fluid or cyst material
Collection Information: Submit swab in transport media.

Submit fluids in anaerobic transport media.
Test Schedule: Daily
Turnaround time from when specimen
is received in testing laboratory:
2 days
Reference Range:  
Effective Date: 2006-07-01
Revised Date: 2020-02-12
Critical Value:  
Interpretive Comments: Paediatric and medical - legal assault cases and test of cure situations must be investigated by culture techniques.

Nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) may be acceptable if positive results are confirmed by a second set of primers. If available, both tests (culture and NAAT) should be taken. Molecular diagnostic tests, especially NAATs are more sensitive than culture. Genprobe Aptima® Assay confirmatory testing is available for both Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae.
Special Processing:  
Method of Analysis: Microscopy, Culture
Critical Information Required: If the swab is being collected after a sexual assault, this must be indicated on the request.
Storage & Shipment: The specimen must be stored at 4o Celsius (refrigerate).

The specimen must be received within 24 hours of collection.
System Codes: 
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