Alternate Names : Throat Swab, Pharyngeal Culture
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.