Ordering Recommendation

Detect parainfluenza types 1-4.

Mnemonic
PARAFLUPCR
Methodology

Qualitative Polymerase Chain Reaction

Performed

Mon, Wed, Fri

Reported

1-5 days

New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Collect

Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), nasal wash, nasopharyngeal swab or sputum.

Specimen Preparation

Fluid: Transfer 2 mL respiratory specimen to a sterile container. (Min: 0.5 mL) 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. Swabs: Place in viral transport media.

Storage/Transport Temperature

Frozen.

Unacceptable Conditions
Remarks

Specimen source required.

Stability

Ambient: 8 hours; Refrigerated: 5 days; Frozen: 1 month

Reference Interval
Interpretive Data

A negative result does not rule out the presence of PCR inhibitors in the patient specimen or test-specific nucleic acid in concentrations below the level of detection by this assay.

Compliance Category

Depends on Specimen/Source/Method

Note
Hotline History
N/A
CPT Codes

87631

Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
2006248 Parainfluenza Source 31208-2
2006249 Parainfluenza 1 by PCR 29908-1
2006250 Parainfluenza 2 by PCR 29909-9
2006251 Parainfluenza 3 by PCR 29910-7
2006252 Parainfluenza 4 by PCR 41010-0
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Aliases
  • Paraflu 1-4 PCR
Parainfluenza 1-4 by PCR