Brief Description

RSV Enzyme Immunoassay (EIA)
Virus Isolation

Laboratory Unit

Virology

Methodology

EIA
Viral Culture

Specimen Collection

Virus Isolation Kit

Fill out the laboratory form and return with the specimen. Please include your phone number and contact name.

Storage/Transport

Specimens should be stored and transported at refrigerated temperatures and shipped on freeze packs if received within 48 hours. If greater than 48 hours the specimen should be frozen and shipped on dry ice.

Acceptable Specimen Type(s)

Throat swab
Nasopharyngeal (NP) swab
Nasal swab 

Test Request Form(s)

Possible Results

EIA-RSV Antigen Detected
Virus Culture-RSV Isolated
Negative

Unacceptable Conditions

  • Specimen received warm
  • Specimen not in viral transport medium
  • Incorrect specimen type
  • No name on specimen
  • Specimen not received within eight days of collection
  • Improper storage/transport of specimen

Interfering Substances

Mucoid or bloody specimens.

Result Reported

EIA-Day of receipt, next working day

Virus Isolation-up to two weeks

Fees

N/A

CPT Codes

N/A

LOINC/SNOMED Codes

N/A

Additional Information

RSV EIA testing is performed routinely on specimens from patients less than 3 years old, or by request.