Geisinger Medical Laboratories Test Catalog

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Geisinger Epic Procedure Code: LAB3979             Geisinger Epic ID: 166913

Specimen type:
Preferred collection container:
ORA Collection OCDC-100 Collection Device
Specimen required:
Saliva collected in an ORA Collection OCDC-100 Collection Device.
Special notes:
  1. Open package and remove collector without touching sponge tip. Place the saliva sponge into the child's mouth in the cheek pouch (the space between the gums and the inner cheek).
  2. Gently move the saliva sponge around the upper and lower cheek pouches on both sides of the mouth to soak up as much saliva as possible. There is no need to 'scrape' the inner cheek with saliva sponge - collect as much saliva as possible from the cheek pouches. The sponge will absorb more saliva if it is left in the child's mouth for a longer time (up to 60 seconds).
  3. Once collected, hold the tube upright to prevent stabilizing liquid inside the tube from spilling. Unscrew the blue cap from the collection tube without touching the sponge.
  4. Insert the sponge into the tube and close cap tightly.
  5. Invert the capped tube and shake vigorously 10 times.
Patient preparation:
Saliva samples should be collected at least 30 minutes after eating or drinking. Ensure the sponge tip does NOT come into contact with any surface prior to collection.

Transport temperature:
Specimen stability:
Room temperature: 48 hours. Refrigerated: 14 days. Frozen: 30 days.

CPT code(s):
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.
Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
CMV Saliva QL,CMV,CMV Saliva Qual,CMV Saliva, Quest code 37010
Clinical significance:
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is the most common congenital infection in newborns, and a leading cause of non-genetic hearing loss and other neurologic complications including microcephaly, developmental delay, and vision impairment.

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