GI PCR Panel Plus

Limited Stability – samples must be sent out on a daily basis.  Weekend processing staff please refer to UCH STAT/After hours SOP

If Customer Service is not available:
  1. Fill out UC Health Requisition Form
  2. Make copy and place in bin by window for Customer Service.
  3. Schedule a will call (not STAT) courier pickup.

Test Code

Alias/See Also
GI PCR Panel w/o C.diff

CPT Codes

Test includes Multiplex Film Array PCR-based identification or culture-based isolation and identification of the following bacterial, parasitic or viral pathogens:

Bacterial (PCR-based ID): Campylobacter jejuni/coli/upsaliensis, toxigenic Clostridium difficile, Salmonella, Yersinia enterocolitica, Enteroaggregative E. coli (EAEC), Enteropathogenic E. coli (EPEC), Enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC), Shiga-like toxin producing E. coli including E. coli O157:H7, Shigella/Enteroinvasive E. coli (EIEC).

Bacterial (culture-based ID): Aeromonas Parasitic (PCR-based ID): Cryptosporidium and Giardia lamblia.

Viral (PCR-based ID): Adenovirus F40/F41, Astrovirus, Norovirus GI/GII, Rotavirus A, Saprovirus

Culture and susceptibility testing reflexively performed for specimens testing positive for Salmonella OR Shigella/EIEC.

Preferred Specimen
Stool in Cary-Blair transport media

Other Acceptable Specimens
Stool in sterile container - must be transferred to Cary-Blair media container within 1 hour of collection for transport

Transport Container
Cary-Blair (orange capped stool specimen cup)

Transport Temperature

Specimen Stability
72 hours

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Specimen not properly identified; insufficient sample volume; incorrect container; more than one stool specimen per day. Testing on specimens submitted from patients seven days or less from previous GI PCR PANEL PLUS testing will not be performed.

Send only one stool for bacterial culture per episode of diarrhea.

Specimens in diapers or tissue paper are unacceptable.

Specimens containing interfering substances (e.g. castor oil, bismuth, barium, etc.), or delayed in transport, or contaminated with urine may not have optimal yield for culture.

Specimens not received in an appropriate specimen transport container.

Multiplex Film Array PCR-based identification
Culture-based isolation and identification

Setup Schedule

Report Available
Within 24h for multiplex Film Array, culture up to 72h

Reference Range
Not Detected (Multiplex Film Array)

Performing Laboratory
UCH Clinical Laboratory – Molecular Diagnostics and Microbiology

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.