Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
RESULT
Test Name : Meningitis/Encephalitis PCR Panel Order Code : MENPCR
Note: Meningitis/Encephalitis PCR should ONLY be ordered on patients with clinical presentation highly suggestive of acute meningitis/encephalitis and undergoing lumbar puncture.
Synonyms: Syndromic Meningitis PCR, Syndromic Encephalitis PCR, Escherichia coli K1, Haemophilus influenza, Listeria monocytogenes, Neisseria meningitides, Streptococcus agalactiae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Cytomegalovirus, Enterovirus, Herpes simplex virus 1, Herpes simplex virus 2, Human herpesvirus 6, Human parechovirus, Varicella zoster virus, Cryptococcus neoformans/gattii.
Specimen Type: CSF
Container Type: Sterile CSF tube #2 or higher
Required Volume: 1 mL
Minimum Volume (Pediatric): 1 mL
Methodology: FilmArray Multiplex PCR
Standard Run Times: Daily
Turnaround Time: 0.5 - 1 day
Special Handling: CSF specimens should be collected via lumbar puncture, and should not be centrifuged.
CPT Codes: 87483
LPCH EPIC Code: LAB454B
SHC EPIC Code: MENPCR
Causes For Rejection: 1. Absence of concurrent CSF Culture. 2. Normal white cell count. 3. CSF obtained from lumbar/ventricular drains. 4. Improperly labeled specimen. 5. Improperly completed requisition. 6. Specimen in wrong or leaking container.
Department: Microbiology
Medical Director: Dr. Niaz Banaei