Geisinger Medical Laboratories/Geisinger Proven Diagnostics Test Catalog

Test Name: Sunquest Test Code Epic Procedure Code Or ID CPT Code:  


Sunquest Test Code:
BPPDNA      Geisinger Epic Procedure Code: BPPDNA         Geisinger Epic ID: 34230

Specimen type:
Nasopharyngeal swab or aspirate
Specimen required:
Minimum: 0.3 mL of Nasopharyngeal aspirate collected in a sterile vial, or nasopharyngeal swab collected in Liquid Amies collection medium (preferred) or Nasopharyngeal swab submitted in a V-C-M medium (green-cap) tube, or equivalent UTM or multi-microbe media (M4), or eSwabs in medium (Liquid Amies).
Special notes:
Nasopharyngeal aspirates: Instill 1-1.5 mL of nonbacteriostatic saline (pH 7.0) into one nostril. Flush a plastic catheter or tubing with 2-3 mL of saline. Insert the tubing into the nostril parallel to the palate. Aspirate nasopharyngeal secretions. Repeat this procedure for the other nostril. Combine aspirates into a sterile vial. Nasopharyngeal swab: Collection kits using Amies liquid, M4, VCM/UTM are acceptable. Swab tips may be polyester, rayon, nylon flocked. Flexible shafts must be used for proper collection. Accuracy of the test depends on the collection of ciliated epithelial cells material. Half the distance from the nostril to the base of the ear could be used as estimation of the site of collection. Gently insert swab into the nostril. Keep the swab near the septum floor of the nose while gently pushing into the posterior nasopharynx. Rotate swab 2-3 times and hold in place for few seconds for optimal collection. Collection of both nostrils is recommended but not required.

Transport temperature:
Specimen stability:
Room temperature: 48 hours. Refrigerated: 7 days. Frozen: 30 days.
Rejection criteria:
Stability limits exceeded.

CPT code(s):
87798 x2
Note: The billing party has sole responsibility for CPT coding.  Any questions regarding coding should be directed to the payer being billed.  The CPT codes provided by GML are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only.
Test includes:
Bordetella pertussis , B. parapertussis
Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
B. pertussis , B. parapertussis
Bordetella pertussis, Bordetella parapertussis
Bordetella, whooping cough
Quest test code 11365

Performing Locations

Quest Diagnostics

Technical Lead: Michael Weaver    
Frequency: Monday-Friday morning    
Performed stat? No
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