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Urethral swab

About This Test

Department: Microbiology, Virology and Molecular Microbiology


urethral swab in charcoal medium


Turnaround Time:

2-5 days

Culture for common pathogens (refer to specific test information if Chlamydia or Neisseria gonorrhoea suspected)

Other Comments:

Relevant clinical data and details of recent or current antimicrobial treatment should be provided: Contamination with micro-organisms from the vulva or the foreskin should be avoided. Thin swabs are available for collection of specimens. The patient should not have passed urine for at least one hour. For males, if a discharge is not apparent, attempts should be made to "milk" exudate from the penis. The swab is gently passed through the urethral meatus and rotated

Specimen transport: transport to laboratory as soon as possible. If Neisseria gonorrhoea suspected, DO NOT refrigerate.