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Epic Test Code LAB235 GC Culture: Any Source

Performing Location(s)



GC Screen, Neisseria gonorrhoeae culture

Specimen Type


Preferred Container

JEMBEC (Thayer-Martin) agar plate

Alternate Container


Storage Requirements

Incubate 35° Celsius

Transportation Needs

Room Temperature

Causes for Rejection

Mislabeled or unlabeled specimen

Delay in transport

Not submitted in appropriate transport media Refrigeration

Days of Analysis


Additional Information


Current or recent antimicrobial therapy may adversely effect the recovery of certain pathogenic organisms.


Additional Information:

Specimen Collection and Transport:

Warm JEMBEC (Thayer-Martin) plate to room temperature

Collect specimen on swab

Incubate JEMBEC plate in a Z pattern on the surface of the media

Place a CO2 pellet in the well on the plate and place immediately into the zip lock baggie provided

Keep at room temperature and transport to the laboratory immediately


To request Nucleic Acid Amplified probe testing for Neisseria gonorrhoeae see entries for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoeae Screen by Nucleic Acid Amplified Probe


Due to the fastidious nature of Neisseria gonorrhoeae, it is strongly suggested to collect and order a GC Screen by Nuclic Acid Amplified probe for all urogenital sources

Neisseria gonorrhoeae is a NYSDOH reportable communicable disease. The NYSDOH will be notified of all positive results.

Available STAT


Reflex Testing

Data: Organism identification and susceptibility studies are peformed as appropriate, according to established protocols that have been approved by the Clinical Laboratory Director. Call Microbiology, 547-3707, for details. There may be additional charges for these identification and susceptibility procedures.


Reflex Testing Data

Reference Values

Population Units Reference Range
All Populations none No Growth



Cultures for Neisseria gonorrhoeae only


Selective aerobic culture

CPT Code


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