Please be patient! It may take up to ONE minute to load all the Engines.
Problems? Please contact our support.
Alternative namesCulture - nasopharyngeal; Swab for respiratory viruses; Swab for Staph carriage
DefinitionNasopharyngeal culture is a sample of nasopharyngeal secretions that is obtained and grown in a culture medium to detect the presence of organisms that can cause disease.
How the test is performedYou will be asked to cough before the test begins and then tilt your head back. A sterile cotton-tipped swab is gently passed through the nostril and into the nasopharynx, the part of the pharynx that covers the roof of the mouth. The swab is quickly rotated and then removed.
How to prepare for the testInfants and children:
The preparation you can provide for this test depends on your child's age, previous experiences, and level of trust. For general information regarding how you can prepare your child, see the following topics:
How the test will feelThe patient may experience slight discomfort and may gag.
Why the test is performedThe test identifies microorganisms that cause upper-respiratory tract symptoms. Nasopharyngeal cultures are useful in identifying respiratory viruses, Staphylococcus aureus, and Bordetella pertussis, and Neisseria meningitidis (types of bacteria). The culture may be used to test for appropriate antibiotic therapy.
Normal ValuesThe presence of organisms commonly found in the nasopharynx is normal.
What abnormal results meanPathogens (any virus, bacteria, or fungus that can cause disease) are found.
What the risks areThere are no risks.
Special considerationsNot applicable.
Update Date: 1/26/2004Daniel Levy, M.D., Ph.D., Infectious Diseases, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Baltimore, MD. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT