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Chlamydia trachomatis Culture

Mnemonic:    [C CHLAM]
Name:    Chlamydia trachomatis Culture
Specimen:     Immediately place swab, fluid, or washing in 3 mL universal transport medium (UTM - ARUP supply #12884).

Unacceptable Conditions: Urine. Specimens in any transport media other than indicated. Calcium alginate, dry, or wood swabs.

Source of specimen is required.

Sample/UTM must be stored at -70 degrees C and shipped on DRY ICE.
Transport Temp:    FROZEN ON DRY ICE
Spec Stability:    Stable 1 month frozen.
Ref Lab/Code:    ARUP 0060850
Reference Range:    Negative for Chlamydia
  Method:    Cell Culture/Immunofluorescence
Note:    If Chlamydia psittaci is suspected, please let the lab know. This organism may be isolated but laboratory confirmation is unavailable.

Culture for C. trachomatis detection is recommended in suspected sexual abuse and for suspected failure of therapy.

Amplified DNA testing is recommended for detection of C. trachomatis from endocervical, urethral or urine samples.
Processing Info:    Sample must be stored at -70 C and shipped frozen on dry ice.

Storage at -20 C is not acceptable.