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Test Code BACTAG Bacterial Antigens, CSF

Methodology

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

 Test Includes:

Qualitative determination of the presence of antigens of H influenzae B, S pneumoniae, N meningitidis, Streptococcus pneumoniae, and group B Streptococcus

Performing Laboratory

LabCorp of Burlington

Physician Office Specimen Requirements

Container/Tube:  Sterile Plastic (CSF) tube

Specimen:  1 mL CSF

Transport Temperature: Refrigerate

Reference Values

Negative

S. pneumoniae antigen culture- Negative

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Two times per week

Test Classification and CPT Coding

87802

87899 x 3

Useful For

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.

Computer Interface code

PDM # 5902109