Adenovirus Antigen Detection

Last Modified: 5/2/2022 1:51:26 PM

Medical Necessity Documentation:  
Client Notes:  
Patient Preparation:  
Specimen Requirements:

3 mL of nasopharyngeal aspirate/wash, bronchial lavage/wash, throat swab, conjunctival swab or nasal/nasopharyngeal swab in VCM medium (green-cap) tube 

Collection Instructions: To maintain optimum viability, place swab or fluid into VCM (equal volumes of fluid and VCM) or equivalent and transport the specimen to the laboratory as soon as possible. Best recovery is obtained when the specimens are refrigerated at 2-8° C or kept on wet ice following collection and while in transit. If there will be a long delay before processing, specimens in VCM or equivalent should be frozen at -70° C or colder and transported on dry ice.
Transport & Storage: Temperature/Stability:

4 days Refrigerated 
30 days Frozen at -70

Rejection Criteria: Ambient Specimens or frozen at -20° C is not acceptable; nasopharyngeal lavage/washes; Throats on <2 year old patients • Specimen in non viral transport medium such as nucleic acid or bacterial transport media • Non-respiratory or non conjunctival sp
Reference Range: Not Detected
Critical Ranges:  
Test Comments:  
Methodology: Direct Immunofluorescence Assay (DFA)
Clinical Significance: Adenovirus causes respiratory tract infections, conjunctivitis, and diarrhea. Infections are most common in individuals who are immunocompromised and in young children. Adenovirus antigen detection is useful to confirm the diagnosis of adenovirus infection in patients with respiratory illness.
Custom Panel: No


Turn Around Time: 1 to 2 days
Days Performed: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Sites Performed: Quest - Chantilly to San Juan Capistrano
PHL Test Code: MSOT
EPIC Test Code:
Send Out Test Code: 8355
Alternate Test Names: Adenovirus Ag, Swab; Adenovirus Antigen Detection, Respiratory, DFA ; Adenovirus Direct Antigen Detection; Adenovirus Direct Exam
Included Tests:  
CPT Coding: 87260

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