Parainfluenza Culture

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Brief Description

Parainfluenza Culture

Laboratory Unit

Virology

Methodology

Viral Culture

Specimen Collection

Virus Isolation Kit

Storage/Transport

Refrigerated/freeze packs 

Acceptable Specimen
Type(s)

Throat swab
Nasopharyngeal swab
Nasal swab

Test Request Form(s)

Virology Test Request Form

Possible Results

Parainfluenza 1,2,3 Isolated
Other virus isolated
No Virus Isolated

Reference Range

No Virus Isolated


Unacceptable Conditions

Specimen received warm
Specimen not in virual transport medium
Incorrect specimen type
No name on specimen
Quantity not sufficient
Specimen not received within eight days of collection

Interfering Substances

N/A

Result Reported

Subject to testing involved.

Fees

N/A

CPT Codes

N/A

LOINC/SNOMED Codes

N/A

Additional Information

Parainfluenza infections are common in infants and young children with bronchitis.  HPIV-1 and HPIV-2 are commonly associated with croup, while HPIV-3 is ore often associated with bronchitis.