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HUMAN METAPNEUMOVIRUS BY PCR (MTP)

Department: Molecular Infectious Disease
Test Synonym(s): METAPNEUMOVIRUS, MTP
CPT Codes: 87798
Methodology: PCR - Polymerase Chain Reaction
Reference Range: Not detected
Tube Type: Swab in Universal Transport Medium, Sterile container
Specimen: Nasal washing, nasal secretions, nasopharyngeal swabs
Alternate Specimen: Need Medical Director approval
Pediatric Requirements: Nasal washing, nasal secretions, nasopharyngeal swabs
Volume: 0.5 mL
Minimum Volume: 0.2 mL
Temperature: Refrigerated: 3 days; -80C: longer than 3 days
Stability: Refrigerated: 3 days; -80C: longer than 3 days
Reasons for Rejection: Alternative specimen sent without Medical Director approval
Days Performed: Monday - Friday
Times Performed: Once per day
TAT: 1 - 3 days
Significance: Key disease associations: acute respiratory tract infections; pediatric bronchiolitis, pneumonia, and asthma exacerbations
Special Instructions: Other sources or samples may be acceptable for this test; please check with the lab, 615-936-6435.



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