Adenovirus DNA, Qualitative , Real-Time PCR : 16046

Test Code
ADVQL or 16046

CPT Codes

Transport Container
Preferred Specimens 
1 Nasopharyngeal Swab or 1 Throat Swab submitted in 1 mL (0.5 mL minimum) M4 media, VCM (green-cap), or equivalent (UTM) tube.

Alternative Specimens
1 mL (0.6 mL Minimum) serum or whole blood collected in EDTA (lavender-top). 

1 mL Plasma (0.6 mL Minimum) Collected in an EDTA (lavender-top).

1 mL (0.6 mL Minimum) CSF, Urine, Bronchial lavage/wash, Nasopharyngeal lavage/wash, Tracheal lavage/wash or sputum: Collected in a sterile, plastic, leakproof container.
0.3 mm cubed Tissue: Collected in a sterile, plastic, leakproof container.

1 Conjunctival swab collected in M4 VCM (green-cap) tube or equivalent (UTM

Transport Temperature
Tissue and sputum: Frozen
All other specimens: Refrigerated

Specimen Stability
Whole blood and urine

Room temperature: 48 hours; Refrigerated: 7 days; Frozen: Unacceptable



Room temperature: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: 30 days


All other specimens

Room temperature: 48 hours; Refrigerated: 7 days; Frozen: 30 days

Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction

Setup Schedule
Sunday - Saturday

Report Available
1-3 days

This test was developed and its analytical performance
characteristics have been determined by Quest Diagnostics. It has not
been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
This assay has been validated pursuant to the CLIA regulations and is
used for clinical purposes.

Reference Range
Not Detected

Clinical Significance
This test is designed to detect multiple strains of Adenovirus, including Adenovirus 40 and 41, but it does not differentiate among strains. Organisms may be detected by PCR prior to diagnosis by immunological methods. PCR provides more rapid results than other methods and is the preferred method for the detection of acute Adenovirus infection.

Performing Laboratory
med fusion

The CPT Codes provided in this document are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed. Any Profile/panel component may be ordered separately. Reflex tests are performed at an additional charge.