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Throat Culture

Alternate Names : Throat Swab, Pharyngeal Culture

Overview & Description | Preparation & Expectations | Home Care and Complications

A throat culture is a test to see if a bacterial infection is present in the throat.

Who is a candidate for the procedure?

This procedure is done on a person who has symptoms of a sore throat and who may have a fever. This test is often ordered when a Group A strep infection such as strep throat is suspected.

How is the procedure performed?

A tongue depressor is used to hold the tongue down. A special swab is inserted into the mouth and brushed against the throat and tonsils. The swab is then sent to a laboratory to see if there are any bacteria. Some healthcare providers offices are able to do this analysis onsite.


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Throat Culture: Preparation & Expectations

Author: Adam Brochert, MD
Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Date Reviewed: 09/20/01

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