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Gardnerella vaginalis

Synonym(s):

Incyte swab, vaginal pathogens

Specimen Type:

Vaginal / lateral vaginal wall

Specimen Collection:

Incyte swab (preferred collection device), SurePath or ThinPrep vial, UniSwab is acceptable.

Collection Procedure:

Aseptically remove sterile swab from package. Collect specimen by vigorously swabbing the lateral vaginal wall. Aseptically remove cap from vial. Place swab in transport medium and break off swab against rim of the tube. Replace cap. Close tightly. include patient name and 2nd identifier on vial.

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Required Information:

Complete the Incyte Diagnostics requisition with the patient's demographics and relevant clinical history. Label specimen container with the patient's full first and last name, second unique identifier, and specimen source/site.

Specimen Stability:

Specimen is stable at room temperature for up to 21 days. Additional testing can be added for up to 21 days after initial testing is performed.

Unacceptable Specimen:

Unlabeled specimens, specimens in incorrect fixative (such as formalin), expired vial. Excess lubricant can invalidate the specimen.

Department:

Molecular Pathology

Method:

Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR)

Turnaround:

12 business days from receipt; SurePath specimens are 3–4 business days from receipt

Performed:

Monday–Friday

Retention:

Specimen is retained for 21 days from initial testing.

CPT Code:*

87511

Test Code(s):

GARD-V

Notes:

Additional testing can be performed on Incyte swab specimens up to 21 days after submission

*The listed CPT codes are for reference use only. Final coding is based on CPT guidelines and individual circumstances.

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