What is Group A Strep (GAS)?

Group A Streptococcus (GAS) is a type of bacterium that can cause many different infections that range from minor illnesses to very serious and deadly diseases. Early and accurate identification of the pathogen by Excelsior Diagnostics can make a real difference in improved outcomes.

How is the test done?

Excelsior Diagnostics will supply you with a test kit that contains an E. swab, a transport tube, gloves and a prepaid overnight UPS envelope. Excelsior will process the specimen using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Molecular Analysis the very morning it is received and provide same day results.

How is that better than the standard legacy method?

Legacy strep testing is still done by most medical testing labs using culture media that can take from 3 to 5 days to result. During this period, providers are in the dark regarding the best way to treat the patient’s painful symptoms. Often, even hospitalization decisions may have to be delayed for an extended period during which time the patient may be at increased risk.

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The Excelsior Guarantee

Excelsior Diagnostics is a specialty medical diagnostic lab that performs all testing exclusively by Polymerase Chain Reaction Molecular Analysis, the most accurate diagnostic medical testing available today.