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Parainfluenza Virus (Types 1, 2 and 3) PCR

Order Name PARA FLU P
Test Number: 5504945
Revision Date 04/27/2020
Test Name Methodology LOINC Code
Parainfluenza Virus Type 1
Polymerase Chain Reaction  
Parainfluenza Virus Type 2
Polymerase Chain Reaction  
Parainfluenza Virus Type 3
Polymerase Chain Reaction  
Specimen Specimen Volume (min) Specimen Type Specimen Container Transport Environment
Preferred 3mL (1mL) Swab Mini-Flocked Swab in Universal Transport Media (UTM) Refrigerated
Alternate 1 3mL (1mL) Nasal Wash Sterile Screwtop Container Refrigerated
Alternate 2 3mL (1mL) Bronchial lavage/wash Sterile Screwtop Container Refrigerated
Instructions The preferred specimen is mini-Flocked Swab in Universal Transport Media (UTM)
(Comes as a kit: Supply# 50775), BD Viral Transport Media (VTM) or M4. 
Keep swabs refrigerated, Stability 7 days refrigerated.
Also acceptable 3mL(1mL) BAL or NP/Nasal/Tracheal Aspirate Sterile Screwtop tube Refrigerated.
Unacceptable Specimens: Eswabs, Calcium Alginate or Wooden Shaft Swabs.
Testing Schedule Sasonal. In season: Dily. Out of season: on, Wed, Fri 
Expected TAT 1-3 Days  
Clinical Use Qualitative detection of Parainfluenza Virus (Types 1, 2 and 3) by PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction). 
Notes Analyte-Specific Reagent (ASR') are used in certain laboratory tests necessary for standard medical care and generally do not require FDA approval. This test was developed and it's performance determined by Regional Medical Laboratory. It has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
CPT Code(s) 87631 (2013 code)
Lab Section Molecular Diagnostic