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What are of the throat is swabbed during a throat culture?

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Dr. Lewis Hassell
Pathology 40 years experience
Throat culture: To optimize sensitivity of any culture, the specimen must be from areas with active bacterial colonies. These are often manifest by redness and perhaps some exudate. Using direct exam, the person performing the culture should look at the palate, tonsils and posterior pharynx to select the best sites to sample.
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