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Test Compendium


Test Code

  • 4061

Specimen Requirements

  • Viral


  • Viral Transport Medium, M-4


  • Ambient Or Refrigerated

Turn Around Time

  • 7 days

CPT Codes

  • 87110,87140
    *The CPT codes provided are based on AMA guidelines and are provided for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the responsibility of the billing entity. Please direct any questions regarding the CPT coding to the payer being billed.

Special Instructions

  • Swab in viral transport medium (also acceptable UTM, Chlamydia or Mycoplasma)

Additional Information

  • Swab in a Viral, Chlamydia, or Mycoplasma culture transport medium URETHRA: Patient should not urinate within one hour prior to specimen collection. The swab should be inserted 2 cm into the urethra. Use firm pressure to scrape cells from the mucosal surface. If possible repeat with second swab. CERVIX: Remove mucus/pus with a swab, discard, and use firm and rotating pressure to obtain specimen with another swab. May be combined with a urethral swab into same transport medium. This combination of cervical and urethral method is highly recommended. RECTUM: Sample anal crypts with a swab. Avoid contamination with fecal material. CONJUNCTIVA: Remove mucus and exudate. Use a swab and firm pressure to scrape away epithelial cells from upper and lower lids. POSTERIOR NASOPHARYNX or THROAT: Collect epithelial cells by using a swab. Transport and store at room temperature for up to 24 hours after specimen is placed into UTM-RT medium, or refrigerate

Specimen Stability

  • Stability - 24 hours Room temp, 72 hours refrigerated