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2503: Rapid Respiratory Virus Culture Print View
Specimen Source      
Screen CULTURE     
Adenovirus CULTURE     
Influenza A CULTURE     
Influenza B CULTURE     
Parainfluenza 1 CULTURE     
Parainfluenza 2 CULTURE     
Parainfluenza 3 CULTURE     
RSV CULTURE     

PRIMARY
1 Viral Transport Media   Refrigerated - 4 Day(s)/Frozen - 30 Day(s)  
ALTERNATE
  Swab Viral Transport   Frozen - 30 Day(s)/Refrigerated - 4 Day(s)  
  M4 Transport Media/Swab   Frozen - 30 Day(s)/Refrigerated - 4 Day(s)  
  Sterile Container/Tube   Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)  

Aid in the diagnosis of respiratory related infections (e.g., adenovirus, influenza A & B, parainfluenza 1, 2, and 3, and respiratory syncytial virus).

1. Source of specimen is required, please include on requisition.
2. Specimens should be collected early in the acute phase of
infection. The chance of virus recovery is best during the first 3
days after onset and is greatly reduced beyond 5 days with many
viruses.
3. Acceptable specimens: Nasal swab/washings/aspirate, bronchial.
4. Unacceptable specimens: Throat swabs
on patients less than 2 years of age;
formalin or other fixatives; any specimen
nucleic acid transport system; nonrespiratory
sites; whole blood, serum or
plasma; dry swab; samples received
ambient or frozen at -20 degrees C; samples
received in transports designed for specific
test kits(i.e., DNA Probes, PCR, Digene,
etc.)
5. Specimens received more than 72 hours from time of
draw must be frozen at -70C (not -20C) or on dry ice. Do not freeze
specimen at -20 C. Virus loses infectivity.
6. Ship specimens on cold pack or on dry ice.
7. M4 transport media (M4) and dacron-tipped swabs with plastic or
fine-wire shafts available for use with M4 are provided. Please
call Client Services, 800-421-4449 to request media.
Setup Schedule
Monday-Saturday

Reported (Analytical Time)
Same day

CPT Codes
87140x7, 87254

The CPT codes provided are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payer being billed.

Notes
Method: Preliminary = Shell Vial; Final Report = Tissue Culture. For other viruses, order test code #2410 Viral Culture.






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