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Test Code CSF ME PCR CSF meningitis/encephalitis PCR Qual Panel

Important Note

This test is not available to Seattle Children's patients in this format. It is for outside client use only.


LCS - Register patient/sample and order test. Send to Microbiology ASAP with paperwork and labels. Time sensitive testing.

Clinical System Name

CSF meningitis/encephalitis PCR Qual Panel


Appropriate test to diagnose meningitis caused by the following agents:



Herpes Simplex Virus 1 and 2

Human Herpes Virus 6

Human parechovirus

Varicella zoster virus

Cryptococcus gattii/neoformans

Escherichia coli K1

Haemophilus influenzae

Listeria monoctyogenes

Neisseria meningitides

Steptococcus agalactiae (Strep B)

Streptococcus pneumoniae

Sample Requirements

Specimen: CSF by lumbar puncture

Container: sterile container

Preferred Vol: 1.0 mL

Minimum Vol: 0.5 mL


Processing Instructions

Off-site collection: Sample should be refrigerated prior to and during transport to the SCH Microbiology Laboratory.  Sample should be frozen at -20C for storage of >24 hours.




Specimen Temp Time
CSF Room temp 1 hour
  Refrigerated 24 hours
  Frozen 7 days



Procedure Performed Turn Around Time (TAT)
PCR 24/7

2 hours


Performing Laboratory

Seattle Children's Laboratory


Microbiology Laboratory

CPT Codes

87483 1


Reporting Information

Final Report: Within 2 hours after receipt in the SCH lab.


Positive or negative is reported for each infectious agent.

Notifiable Result

See Link below for Notifiable Conditions for WA state labs:


See Link below for PDF of phone numbers for Local Health jurisdictions (by County) in WA State:

Reference Ranges