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Genital Culture, Routine

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Culture, Genital, Routine

Clinical Use:

Isolate and identify potentially aerobic pathogenic organisms, including Gardnerella vaginalis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae; establish the diagnosis of gonorrhea in medicolegal cases.

Specimen Type:

Swab of vagina, cervix, discharge, aspirated endocervical, endometrial, prostatic fluid, or urethral discharge. Use swab to inoculate Jembec for transport to the laboratory and recovery of Neisseria gonorrhoeae; swab should also be sent in transport device.

Requested Volume: 

One swab and one inoculated Jembec; or one swab

Container Type: 

Bacterial culture transport swab with gel and Jembec


Female: Do not use lubricant on speculum. Cervical mucus should be removed first before inserting swab into endocervical canal, move swab from side to side allowing several seconds for absorption of organisms by the swab. Return swab to the transport tube and label.
Male: Using small wire swab, gently scrape the anterior urethral mucosa or, use a swab to collect specimen of urethral discharge.

Storage Instructions:

Maintain specimen swab and Jembec at room temperature. Do not refrigerate.

Rejection Criteria

Inappropriate specimen transport device; unlabeled specimen or name discrepancy between specimen and request label; specimen received after prolonged delay (usually more than 72 hours); specimen received in expired transport.

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