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 to the laboratory on the day of collection or refrigerate overnight

Turnaround Time
3 days

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