Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), NAA

CPT: 87634

Expected Turnaround Time

1 - 3 days

Specimen Requirements


Anterior nasal swab, nasopharyngeal swab, mid-turbinate swab


1 - 3 mL

Minimum Volume

1 mL (Note: This volume does not allow for repeat testing.)


Anterior nasal swab, nasopharyngeal (NP) swab or mid-turbinate swab in viral/universal transport medium (VTM/UTM) or 0.9% saline


Nasopharyngeal (NP) and mid-turbinate swabs: Collect using standard techniques. Place the swab into VTM/UTM and cap tightly.

Anterior nasal swab: Insert the tip of the swab into one nostril. The swab does not need to be inserted far. Insert just until the tip of the swab is no longer visible. Rotate the swab in a circle around the entire edge of your nostril at least three times. Repeat with the second nostril. Insert swab into the 0.9% saline tube and cap tightly.

Storage Instructions

Frozen at -20° C (preferred). Refrigerated specimens and room temperature specimens (if received for testing within 72 hours of collection) are also acceptable.

Stability Requirements



Room temperature

72 hours


72 hours


>72 hours

Causes for Rejection

Unacceptable specimens include specimens that are beyond the established stability, improperly labeled, grossly contaminated, broken or with significant leakage in transit or improperly collected or shipped. Substances inhibitory to PCR should not be used to collect specimens; known inhibitory substances include heparin, hemoglobin, ethanol, EDTA concentrations >0.01M. Specimens must be submitted with a swab.

Test Details


Results are for the identification of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) from upper respiratory specimens.


Nucleic Acid Amplification (NAA)

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