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Test Code PVCC Parainfluenza Virus Culture [14483X]

Specimen Required

Throat swab, or nasal wash/aspirate, nasal/nasal turbinate swab, tracheal lavage/wash, submitted in VCM or UTM or M4 Transport Medium • Nasal wash/aspirate, or tracheal lavage/wash, submitted in a sterile, leak-proof container

Specimen Minimum Volume

1 mL

Specimen Stability

VCM, M4, or UTM Transport Medium
Room temperature: Unacceptable
Refrigerated: 4 days
Frozen -20ºC: Unacceptable
Frozen -70ºC: 30 days

Sterile, leak-proof container
Room temperature: Unacceptable
Refrigerated: 72 hours
Frozen: Unacceptable

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Set up: Daily a.m.; Report available: 5 days

Method Name

Rapid Culture

Collection Container / Tube

Preferred: VCM Transport Tube
Other Acceptable Container: Leak-proof container

Transport / Storage Conditions

Refrigerated (cold packs)

Reference Values

None isolated

CPT Codes

87254 (x3)

Analytic Time

Set up: Daily a.m.; Report available: 5 days