Respiratory Virus Panel by PCR, Bronchial Wash

Abbrev Code:RESPBWPCR   
Order Code:LAB8168Order Name:Respiratory Viral Panel by PCR, Bronch Wash
Synonyms:Viral Panel, Respiratory; VCRE; Influenza, RSV, Adeno, Parainfluenza, Rhinovirus, Metapneumovirus; Viral PCR; Enterovirus; Adenovirus
Methodology:Multiplex Real-time PCR
CPT Codes: 87633 x1
Test Includes:This test detects influenza A (H1 and H3) Influenza A 2009 H1N1, Influenza B, RSV A, RSV B, Parainfluenza (1, 2 and 3), Human Metapneumovirus, Human Rhinovirus, Adenovirus B/E and Adenovirus C.
Turnaround Time:Test is performed once per day, 7 days per week.
Special Instructions:Testing is performed on bronchial lavage (BRO or BAL) and nasal wash (NW) specimens only. For nasopharyngeal swabs, see Respiratory Panel PCR, Nasopharyngeal Swab (RPNP).
Associated Links:

Nasal Wash Procedure, IDDL (Microbiology/Virology) Collection Container Guidelines

Collection Instructions

Specimen:Bronchoalveolar lavage or nasal wash.
Optimal Volume:2 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.5 mL
Container:Plastic leakproof container, sterile
Alternate Containers: BD Universal Transport Media
Collection Instructions:


  • Bronchial lavage: Obtain material in sterile container or add to tube of viral transport media.
  • Nasal Wash: See Associated Link.

For other respiratory samples, see Viral Culture, Respiratory (VCULTR).      
Causes for Rejection:Sputum or non-respiratory specimens. Preferred test for NP swabs is RPNP.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature.
Stability:7 days refrigerated after collection in universal viral transport media, or up to 1 month if stored frozen.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory  (UMMC-East Bank)


Reference Range:No virus detected.
Use:The Respiratory Virus Panel is a qualitative, multiplex, diagnostic test for simultaneous detection and identification of multiple respiratory viral nucleic acids in individuals exhibiting signs and symptoms of respiratory infection. This test is appropriate for severely immunocompromised or critically ill patients.

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