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RESPIRATORY SYNCYTIAL VIRUS (RSV) A & B BY PCR (RSD)

Department: Molecular Infectious Disease
Test Synonym(s): RSD, RSV RNA PCR
Test Components: RSV A and RSV B
CPT Codes: 87798
Methodology: PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction)
Reference Range: Not detected
Tube Type: Sterile container - swab
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: Room Temperature - same day, refrigerated - overnight, frozen - longer than overnight
Stability: Room temperature: same day, refrigerated: overnight, frozen: longer than overnight
Reasons for Rejection: Alternative specimen sent without Medical Director approval
Days Performed: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Times Performed: Once per day on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (batched)
TAT: 24 hours (Monday - Friday)
Significance: RSV is the single most important cause of serious lower respiratory tract disease in infants and children. The two subgroups, A and B, can co-circulate in the same area simultaneously. The elderly who have underlying cardiac or pulmonary disease are also at high risk. RSV can cause severe pneumonia and death in persons with leukemia and bone marrow transplants. It is critical to have an accurate and rapid RSV diagnosis to promptly initiate clinical treatment and infection control. Cell cultures available for detection of RSV are unsatisfactory due to the 5 to 9 days required to grow and identify the virus.Detection of RSV RNA by PCR is a rapid, sensitive and specific technique for laboratory diagnosis.
Special Instructions: Other sources or samples may be acceptable for this test; please check with the lab, 615-936-6435.
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