Influenza Virus A and B DFA with Reflex to Influenza Virus A and B Rapid Culture
0060284
Ordering Recommendation
Not recommended for inpatients or immunocompromised individuals. Acceptable test for the detection of influenza in outpatients.
Mnemonic
FLUFAC
Methodology
Direct Fluorescent Antibody Stain/Cell Culture
Performed
Sun-Sat
Reported
Within 24 hours  
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Submit With Order
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
  
Collect
Respiratory specimen: Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), nasopharyngeal (aspirate, swab, or washing), or tracheal aspirate.  
Specimen Preparation
Do not freeze.
Fluid:
Transfer specimen to a sterile container.  Also acceptable: Transfer to viral transport media (ARUP Supply #12884). Available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect™ or contact ARUP Client Services at (800) 522-2787.
Swab
: Place in viral transport media.
Place each specimen in a separate, individually sealed bag.  
Storage/Transport Temperature
Refrigerated.  
Unacceptable Conditions
Calcium alginate, eSwab, dry or wood swabs. Slides.  
Remarks
Specimen source preferred.  
Stability
Ambient: 1 hour; Refrigerated: 72 hours; Frozen: Unacceptable  
Reference Interval
Negative  
Interpretive Data
 
Note
If DFA is negative or inadequate, then an influenza culture (0060286) will be added. Additional charges apply.

Sensitivity of DFA methodology is dependent upon adequacy of the specimen.  If specimen contains fewer than 20 cells, then the DFA result will be reported as "inadequate." 
CPT Code(s)
87276; 87275; if reflexed, add 87254
Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart Name
0060306Influenza A-DFA
0060307Influenza B-DFA
0060337Flufac Source
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Aliases
  • Flu Test
  • Influenza Antigen Test
  • Influenza by DFA
  • Influenza Virus Type A & B Antigen, DFA