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Test Compendium

6874: INFLUENZA A, H1N1, RT PCR

Test Code

  • 6874

Test Synonym

  • Influenza A H1N1 RT PCR, Influenza A, H1N1 (Novel), Real-time RT-PCR

Minimum Volume

  • 1 Swab

Specimen Requirements

  • Swab In Transport Medium Or Vial

Container

  • Viral Transport Medium, M-4

Storage

  • Refrigerated

CPT Codes

  • 87501
    *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

  • Nasopharyngeal swab, nasal swab, throat swab, or combined throat/nasopharyngeal swab - One swab (in viral transport container) This test is best used on specimens already shown to be positive for influenza A virus by another valid test method.

Additional Information

  • Specimen should be collected during acute phase of the disease, ideally within 24 hours of onset of symptoms. Guide the flexible (ideally a flocked rather than wound) swab into the contour of the nares and into the nasopharynx. Leave in place 15 to 30 seconds, rotate and remove. Place swab in viral transport. THROAT SWAB: Carefully rub the posterior nasopharynx with a dry sterile swab (preferably the flocked swab). Avoid touching the tongue or buccal mucosa. Place swab in viral transport.