To maintain optimum viability, place swab into VCM (equal volumes
of fluid/tissue and VCM) or equivalent and transport the specimen
to the laboratory as soon as possible. Best recovery is obtained
when the specimens are refrigerated at 2-8 degrees C or kept on
wet ice following collection and while in transit. If there will
be a long delay before processing, specimens in VCM or equivalent
should be frozen at -70 degrees C or colder and transported on
dry ice. Storage or transport at -20 degrees C is not acceptable.
Raw (unpreserved) sample should only be refrigerated and not frozen.
Note: PCR is the preferred test for CSF (preferred specimen: 1 mL
CSF submitted in a sterile, leak-proof container without
Reported (Analytical Time)
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.
Rejection Criteria: CSF: Sputum; Raw (unpreserved) stool; dry swabs; Molecular transport systems; Bacterial transport systems; tissue or biopsies in formalin or other fixatives; calcium alginate swabs; wooden shaft swabs; non gel-based bacterial transports.
If Herpes Simplex Virus Culture, Rapid Method is "Isolate", then RRQ-Type 2, Herpes Simplex Virus will be performed at an additional charge (CPT code(s) 87140). If Type 2 Herpes Simplex Virus is "Not Isolated" then RRP-Type 1 Herpes Simplex Virus will be performed at an additional charge (CPT code(s) 87140).