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Bacteriological examination of throat swab

Known as: throat culture
SKU: 5007


Study material: throat smear
Response time (working day): 3
The test is done on an empty stomach: Yes
Home call service: Yes
Country: Georgia

General Information

The esophageal airways are inhabited by a bacterial flora that includes more than 200 species of bacteria found in gingival fissures, mucous membranes of the tongue and cheeks, oropharynx, tonsillar crypts, and nasopharynx where anaerobes are found. Bacteriological examination of the throat smear facilitates the correct diagnostics of infections caused by local bacterial microflora and the timely initiation of antibiotic therapy.

When should we take the test?

  • Sore throat;
  • high temperature;
  • Enlarged lymph nodes in the neck;
  • Asymptomatic carcinoma of group A streptococcus is observed in about 20% of cases.

Possible interpretation of the results

The results obtained may indicate:

    • On the presence of growth of normal microbial flora of the throat;
    • Pathogenic microorganisms (beta-hemolytic streptococci of groups A, C and G) and yeast-like fungi (Candida spp.) on existence;
    • On representatives of conditionally pathogenic flora (e.g. Staphylococcus aureus);
    • On the susceptibility of pathogens to antibiotics;

An antibiotic test (sensitivity to antibiotics) is done if:

  • Pathogenic bacteria (at any concentration);
  • Conditionally-pathogenic bacteria or yeast-like fungi (Candida ) With moderate or abundant growth - In other cases, when a slight or small increase is seen, an antibiotic is not done.

In interpretation Should Consider Of the patient Complaints, Clinical Photo და Designated Therapy solution.

Additional information

Local microflora of pharyngeal (throat) mucosa includes: Neisseria, diphtheriae, alpha-hemolytic and gamma-hemolytic streptococci, mycoplasmas, coagulase-negative staphylococci, moraxella, bacteriophage and others.

The etiological factor of 70% of pharyngitis is a virus. The process is characterized by damage to the epithelium of the airways and obstructive obstruction of the sinuses or Eustachian tube, which contributes to the development of additional bacterial infection with local microflora. Is the most common cause of bacterial pharyngitis Streptococcus pyogenes (Group A beta-hemolytic streptococcus) and it acts as a bacterial agent that can cause severe complications of pharyngitis: sinusitis, otitis media, paratonsillar abscess, etc. Pharyngitis is also caused by group C and G beta-hemolytic streptococci. Rheumatism is also a possible complication of pharyngitis caused by beta hemolytic streptococci (groups A, C and G).

To prevent these complications, bacteriological examination of the throat smear is necessary to facilitate proper diagnostics and timely initiation of antibiotic therapy.

How Get ready Rules for test / material collection

For bacteriological examination of throat swab material should be taken:

  • Before treatment with antibacterial and antifungal agents.
  • No earlier than 7-10 days after the end of the course of treatment with antibacterial and antifungal drugs.
  • Against the background of antibacterial and antifungal treatment as prescribed by a physician.


  • It is recommended to take the smear in the morning on an empty stomach (do not brush your teeth before the examination), or 1.5-2 hours after eating.
  • It is important not to use oral antiseptics before taking sample.
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