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Test Name: RSV Detection

Test Code(s): RSVPCR / HCRSVD

CPT Code(s): 87798

Methodology: Various

Clinical Significance: Detection of respiratory syncytial virus in respiratory specimens.

Days Performed: See Additional Information.

Turnaround Time: Routine: 1 - 3 days.

Specimen Requirements

Specimen: Nasopharyngeal Minitip swab (flocked swab)

Collection Instructions: Obtain UTM from UWHC Central Services, item #4010148.

Collection Container: Preferred: UTM(Universal Transport Medium)
Also Acceptable: Refrigerated M4 Transport Medium

Specimen Transport: Transport specimen to UWHC Microbiology Laboratory (B4/231) on coolant pack.

Unacceptable Criteria: Swabs other than nasopharyngeal flocked swabs are not acceptable.

Room temperature M4 (M4RT) is not acceptable.

Stability: Ambient: 2 hours
Refrigerated: 3 days
Frozen: Not acceptable


Expected Results:


Test Limitations:


Proper collection and transport of specimen is of critical importance in direct detection.

Additional Information:

Refer to Nasopharyngeal Swab Collection for Respiratory Virus Testing for proper collection.



Positive results on inpatients, including those from ED and subsequently admitted, will be called to ordering source.


Do not submit samples for test of cure.


During peak resipratory virus season, test will be performed daily. During off-season test is performed less frequently, varying from 2-3 times per week.


This test was performed using a modification of an FDA approved method.  The performance characteristics of this test were determined by the UWHC Clinical Laboratories and meet the standards for clinical testing.


Respiratory Syncytial Virus DFA viral virus respiratory

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