Acute Nasopharyngitis

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Definition

Nasopharyngeal culture is a sample of secretions from the uppermost part of the throat, behind the nose, to detect organisms that can cause disease.


Alternative Names

Culture - nasopharyngeal; Swab for respiratory viruses; Swab for Staph carriage


How the test is performed

You 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...

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