Antimicrobial Susceptibility - mecA Gene by PCR
0060211
Ordering Recommendation
 
Mnemonic
MA MEC
Methodology
Qualitative Polymerase Chain Reaction
Performed
Sun-Sat
Reported
1-2 days  
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Submit With Order
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
  
Collect
Actively growing Staphylococcus aureus or coagulase-negative Staphylococcus, in pure culture.  
Specimen Preparation
Transport sealed container with pure culture on agar slant or in bacterial transport media.  Place each specimen in an individually sealed bag.  
Storage/Transport Temperature
Room temperature.  
Unacceptable Conditions
Mixed cultures or non-viable organisms.  
Remarks
Isolate identification and specimen source required.  
Stability
Ambient: 1 week; Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: Unacceptable  
Reference Interval
Presence or absence (of mecA gene).  
Interpretive Data
Presence of mecA gene indicates resistance to methicillin/oxacillin and all other beta-lactam antibiotics.

This test is performed pursuant to an agreement with Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.

See Compliance Statement B: www.aruplab.com/CS  
Note
An additional processing fee will be billed for all organisms not submitted in pure culture, as indicated in the specimen requirements.

If species identification is not provided, identification will be performed at ARUP. Additional charges apply.
CPT Code(s)
87641
Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart Name
0060211Susceptibility, mecA
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Aliases
  • beta-lactam antibiotic resistance
  • mecA Gene