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Test Code SFPCR CSF Film Array PCR, LAB6330

Important Note

This test code is used to detect multiple organisms in CSF by PCR.  All organisms listed are run as part of this panel.

If bacteria meningitis is suspected, a Culture CSF, LAB 268, needs to be ordered in conjunction with this test.

If only viral meningitis is suspected, a culture need not be ordered.



Biohazard Infectious

Performing Laboratory

St. Luke's Hospital Cedar Rapids

Specimen Requirements

Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF), collected via Lumbar Puncture.

1.  Submit CSF in sterile vial, a minimum of 0.5 mL is needed for testing.

2.  Maintain sterility and transport immediately to lab.

3.  May be transported at room temperature if the specimen will be received in the lab within 24 hours.

     Refrigerate at 2-8 C if there will be a delay.

Note: Indicate specimen source on specimen container and in computer.

Reference Values


Useful For

Rapid diagnosis of the most common agents of Meningitis and Encephalitis.

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday.  Test is performed STAT.


Multiplex PCR for the detection of the following common agents of meningitis/encephalitis:

Bacteria: E. coli K1, Haemophilus influenzae, Listeria monocytogenes, Neisseria meningitidis, Streptococus agalactiae (Group B), and Streptococcus pneumoniae.

Viruses: Cytomegalovirus (CMV), Enterovirus, Herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1), Herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2), Human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6), Human parechovirus, and Vericella zoster virus (VZV).

Fungi: Cryptococcus neoformans/gattii.


Test Classification and CPT Coding

87798 x9




87529 x2