Geisinger Medical Laboratories Test Catalog

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Geisinger Epic Procedure Code: LAB1306             Geisinger Epic ID: 53149

Specimen type:
CSF(preferred) or stool, throat or rectal swab, plasma or serum
Preferred collection container:
Alternate Collection Container:
Viral/Chlamydia transport (M4 Transport)
Universal Transport Medium (UTM)/flocked swab
Sterile specimen container
6 mL red-top (plain, non-serum separator) tube
3.5 mL gold-top (serum separator) tube
3 mL lavender-top (K2 EDTA) tube
Specimen required:
0.7 mL CSF; minimum 0.3 mL, OR throat swab or rectal swab submitted in V-C-M, UTM, OR M4 Multiuse Viral Transport. OR 0.7 mL (minimum 0.3 mL) serum or plasma, OR 1 gram (minimum 0.5 grams) of stool in sterile leak-proof container.

Specimen processing instructions:
Serum and plasma: Centrifuge and aliquot. 
Transport temperature:
Refrigerated (cold packs)
Specimen stability:
Room temperature: 48 hours. Refrigerated: 7 days. Frozen: 30 days.
Rejection criteria:
Specimens containing heparin or calcium alginate swabs.

CPT code(s):
87498, 87798
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:
Enterovirus RNA, QL PCR and Parechovirus RNA, QL PCRr
Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
Quest test code 70189, EV/Pare PCR
Clinical significance:
Detection of enterovirus and parechovirus genomic RNA is useful in the diagnosis of aseptic meningitis and neonatal sepsis.

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Quest Diagnostics

Technical Lead: Michael Weaver    
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