Influenza PCR (State Lab)

Test Code

Alias/See Also

CPT Codes

Preferred Specimen
Nasopharyngeal swab, throat swab, or nasal wash in leakproof container

Other Acceptable Specimens
Lower respiratory specimens (bronchial wash)
Nasal aspirate

Specimens should be submitted in viral transport media. Store specimens at 2-8oC until ready for shipping.
Only synthetic-tipped swabs (polyester, rayon, dacron) with plastic shafts should be used.
Use wet ice or cold packs to maintain 2-8oC during delivery.

Transport Temperature

Specimen Stability
Room temperature: 48 hours
Refrigerated: 7 days
Frozen: 30 days

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Specimens with insufficient material to analyze (less than 0.5mL)
Specimens collected with wooden shaft or calcium alginate swabs
Specimens in poorly labeled or leaking containers


Setup Schedule
Monday - Friday

Report Available
7 days

Reference Range

Clinical Significance
Test aids in the detection and differentiation of seasonal influenza A and B virus infection and infection by the influenza viruses.

Performing Laboratory
Maine Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory
221 State Street
#12 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0012

Additional Information
Maine State Lab - Detection of Influenza by Real Time PCR

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.