Pathology Handbook

Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolation

Synonyms

GC isolation

Clinical Indications

None

Test Includes

Culture for Neisseria gonorrhoeae

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Request via ICE

Availability

On request during routine working hours

Specific Criteria

Please give detailed clinical information, including date of onset/contact with the suspected infection, and any current, or intended, antibiotic therapy
High vaginal swabs are NOT suitable for the isolation of Neisseria gonorrhoeae, cervical and/or urethral swabs are required

Turnaround Time

48 hours for a negative report, up to 72 hours for identification and antibiotic sensitivity testing of possible N. gonorrhoeae isolates

Specimen

Cervical, urethral or other relevant swab(s) in transport medium

Volume

See above

Container

Routine swab small

Collection

Samples should be transported to laboratory immediately

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled sample
Delay in sample reaching laboratory

Lab Handling

Samples should be processed as soon as possible