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Ear swab

About This Test

Department: Microbiology, Virology and Molecular Microbiology

Requirement: Ear swab or tympanocentesis

Turnaround Time: 2-3 days

Culture for common bacterial and fungal pathogens, including anaerobic bacteria

Other Comments:

Collection container : Amies swab with charcoal -use thin wired swabs where possible.

Special instructions - Relevant clinical data and details of recent or current antimicrobial treatment must be provided:

Provide specific clinical details e.g. otitis externa, otitis media, presence of discharge etc.

Specimen transport: If processing is delayed, refrigeration is preferable to storage at ambient temperature