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5291: Respiratory Syncytial Virus (rsv) Antigen, Dfa Print View
Specimen Source      
Respiratory Syncytial Virus Antigen DFA  Not detected   

PRIMARY
1 Nasopharyngeal Swab 3 (1) mL   Refrigerated - 4 Day(s)/Frozen - 30 Day(s)  
2 Nasopharyngeal Aspirate 3 (1) mL   Refrigerated - 4 Day(s)/Frozen - 30 Day(s)  
ALTERNATE
  Bronchial lavage/wash   Refrigerated - 4 Day(s)/Frozen - 30 Day(s)  
  Nasopharyngeal Lavage/Was   Refrigerated - 4 Day(s)/Frozen - 30 Day(s)  
  Sterile Container/Tube   Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)  
  VCM Medium   Frozen - 30 Day(s)/Refrigerated - 4 Day(s)  

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is an important cause of respiratory disease in children from the ages of 6 weeks to 2 years and in the elderly. RSV infection can be fatal. Rapid early diagnosis permits the early administration of antiviral drugs in severe infections.

To maintain optimum viability, place swab or fluid into VCM
(equal volumes of fluid 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 tranport at -20 degrees C is
not acceptable. Raw (unpreserved) samples should only be refrigerated
and not frozen.
Setup Schedule
Sunday-Saturday

Reported (Analytical Time)
Next day

CPT Code
87280

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
Transport Temperature: Specimens in VCM medium (green-cap) tube or equivalent may be shipped at -70 degrees C Specimen Stability: VCM medium (green-cap) tube or equivalent Room temperature: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: 4 days; Frozen: -20 degrees C: Unacceptable; Frozen -70 degrees C: 30 days Raw (unpreserved) specimens: Room temperature: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: 72 hours; Frozen: Unacceptable Other Acceptable Specimens: Bronchial lavage/wash or tracheal aspirate in VCM medium (green-cap) tube or equivalent Nasopharyngeal lavage/wash or bronchial lavage/wash in a sterile screw cap container Reject Criteria: Specimen in non viral transport medium such as nucleic acid or bacterial transport media; Non-respiratory specimens; Dry swabs; Slides; Specimen in formalin or other fixatives; Received room temperature or frozen -20 degrees C






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