FCTRC - Specimen: Chlamydia trachomatis Culture

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Chlamydia trachomatis Culture

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing


Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen. This field describes the type of specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing. The volume allows automated processing, fastest throughput and, when indicated, repeat or reflex testing.

Submit only one of the following specimens


Collect one of the following specimens in viral-chlamydia transport media (such as M4, M5, M6). Freeze immediately, ship frozen.

-endocervical swab

-urethral swab

-conjunctival swab

-rectal mucosa swab without feces

-nasopharynx/nasal swab

-throat swab

-vaginal swab

  • On children <12 years
  • On women with hysterectomy 


1)       Source required

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected




Warm reject; Cold OK






Specimens submitted in Viral Transfer Media that do not support Chlamydia; wooden shaft and Calcium Alginate swabs; dry swabs; Transwabs or swabs in Bacterial Gel-based transport media; DNA Probe Transport; Tissues in formalin; Tissue in other fixative; Transports for Antigen Detection by EIA.

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
VariesFrozen30 days