Bacterial Antigens, Urine or Cerebrospinal Fluid

CPT: 87802; 87899(x3)
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Test Details

Test Includes

A culture will be performed if not initially requested for S pneumoniae antigen-negative CSF specimens (per the College of American Pathologists (CAP) guidelines)


Detect bacterial antigens in CSF and urine specimens. Per the College of American Pathologists (CAP) guidelines, a reflex culture will be performed if not initially requested for antigen-negative CSF specimens.


May be negative in early meningitis. Does not replace Gram stain and culture. The sensitivity of the tests vary from 50% to 100% depending on the specificity of the antibody and the concentration of antigen in the specimen. This test was most useful for the detection of serious H influenzae infection. Because of the availability of vaccine, this test is of extremely limited value. Testing is not recommended for persons who have received the Streptococcus pneumoniae vaccine within the previous five days (false-positive reaction).


Latex agglutination (LA); immunochromatographic membrane assay (S pneumoniae only); bacterial culture for negative CSF specimens.

Specimen Requirements


Urine (random), or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)


10 mL urine or 1 mL CSF


Sterile plastic urine container or sterile plastic tube (CSF)

Storage Instructions


Causes for Rejection

Quantity not sufficient for analysis; inappropriate specimen source; inappropriate specimen collection device; specimen stability exceeded; name discrepancy between the name on the specimen container and name in the computer or on the test request form; hemolysis; lipemia; gross bacterial contamination

Clinical Information

Special Instructions

This assay is used for urine or CSF specimens. To submit serum, order test 006890.


Murray PR, Baron EJ, Jorgensen JH, Pfaller MA, Yolken RH. Manual of Clinical Microbiology. 8th ed. Washington, DC: ASM Press; 2003:322.


Order Code Order Code Name Order Loinc Result Code Result Code Name UofM Result LOINC
180812 Bacterial Antigens 183037 Specimen Source 31208-2
180812 Bacterial Antigens 018763 Haemophilus influenzae B Ag 21320-7
180812 Bacterial Antigens 018771 Neisseria meningitidis Ag 78514-7
180812 Bacterial Antigens 018805 Beta Strep (Group B) Antigen 20459-4
180812 Bacterial Antigens 183011 Streptococcus pneumoniae Ag 31969-9
180812 Bacterial Antigens 183044 Body Fluid Culture, Sterile 45335-7
180812 Bacterial Antigens 183045 Organism ID 636-1
180812 Bacterial Antigens 183113 Please Note: N/A

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