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Methodology: Cell Culture / Early Antigen Immunofluorescence Staining
Edit Date: 10/6/2009
Performed: Daily
Released: 1-5 days after setup at PeaceHealth Laboratories’ reference lab. Preliminary early antigen in 72 hours; final negative in 12 days; average time to positive 72 hours.
CPT Code: 87252-90 / 87254-90 x2
Specimen Collection Details
Collection: One 4 mL lavender top tube (EDTA). Also acceptable: Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), throat swab, urine, biopsy tissue, lung tissue, or colon biopsy. Source of specimen required.
Handling: Keep as whole blood. Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) or urine in a sterile, leak-proof container. Biopsy tissue, lung tissue, colon biopsy or throat swab in viral transport media (M4).
Stability: 2 hours ambient or 72 hours refrigerated. Specimen unstable frozen.
Standard Volume: 4 mL EDTA blood.
Minimum Volume: 1 mL EDTA blood.
Transport: Refrigerated.
Rejection Criteria: Stool specimen; CSF; rectal swabs, dry swabs, wooden swabs, calcium alginate swabs; specimen in transport medium other than specified; frozen specimen.

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