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INFLUENZA B BY PCR (IBD)

Department: Molecular Infectious Disease
Test Synonym(s): IBD, FLU B RNA PCR
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 day
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 upper and lower respiratory tract illness, characterized by fever, cough, and constitutional symptoms; increased severity and complications in higher-risk groups: elderly, very young, immunocompromised, obese, chronic pulmonary disease or other disorders compromising respiratory function, other chronic disorders (cardiovascular, renal, hepatic, hematologic, and metabolic), pregnant, and residents of chronic care facilities. Antiviral drugs for the specific treatment of influenza are available.
Special Instructions: Transport on wet ice.
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