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Test Code PARAINFL Parainfluenza Virus (Types 1, 2, 3) Antibodies, Serum

Important Note

Mayo test code PARAV

Specimen Required

Draw blood in a plain, red-top tube(s). Spin down and send 1 mL of serum refrigerated.


Note: Serum gel tube is acceptable, but must pour off into a plastic vial.

Method Name

Complement Fixation (CF)

Reporting Name

Parainfluenza (Types 1, 2, 3) Ab, S

Specimen Type


Specimen Minimum Volume

0.5 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time
Serum Ambient (preferred) 7 days
  Frozen  30 days
  Refrigerated  14 days

Reference Values




< 1:8 Antibody Not Detected

≥1:8 Antibody Detected


Single titers ≥ 1:64 are indicative of recent infection. Titers of 1:8 to 1:32 may be indicative of either past or recent infection, since CF antibody levels persist for only a few months.  A four-fold or greater increase in titer between acute and convalescent specimens confirms the diagnosis. After initial infection, antibody responses at a later date are often heterotypic and exhibit crossreactivity with other paramyxoviruses (e.g., mumps).

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Monday through Friday

Analytic Time

2 - 5 days

Performing Laboratory

Quest Diagnostics Infectious Disease

Test Classification

This test was developed and its performance characteristics have been determined by Focus Diagnostics. Performance characteristics refer to the analytical performance of the test.

CPT Code Information

86790 x 3

LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
PARAV Parainfluenza (Types 1, 2, 3) Ab, S In Process


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
Z0577 Parainfluenza 1 Ab 5268-8
Z0324 Parainfluenza 2 Ab 5269-6
Z0325 Parainfluenza 3 Ab 5270-4

NY State Approved

Northwell Health Laboratories Additional Information:

Computer Interface Code

    PDM #  5904195