Imperial Collage Healthcare

Nasopharyngeal aspirate (NPA) culture


Clinical Indications
Samples should be sent to Virology if viral infections are suspected. If bacterial infection is suspected, routine culture for bacteria and fungi can be performed.


Sample Required
NPA fluid


Sample Container
Sterile universal container


Sample Volume
≥2 mL


Transport/Storage
Transport to the laboratory on the day of collection or refrigerate overnight


Turnaround Time
3 days


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