Test Directory

Vaginitis Panel

Synonym(s):

incyte swab, vaginal pathogens

Application:

For testing of vaginal pathogens: Candida albicans, Gardnerella vaginalis, and Trichomonas vaginalis

Specimen Type:

Vaginal / lateral vaginal wall

Specimen Collection:

Incyte Swab (preferred collection device) and SurePath or Thin Prep vial, Uniswab is acceptable

Collection Procedure:

Aseptically remove sterile swab from package. Collect specimen by vigorously swabbing the lateral vaginal wall. Aseptically remove cap from vial. Place swab in transport medium and break off swab against rim of the tube. Replace cap. Close tightly. Include patient name and second unique identifier on vial.

Required Information:

Complete the Incyte Diagnostics requisition with the patient's demographics and relevant clinical history. Label specimen container with the patient's full first and last name, second unique identifier, and specimen source/site.

Specimen Stability:

Specimen is stable at room temperature for up to 21 days. Additional testing can be added for up to 28 days after initial testing is performed.

Unacceptable Specimen:

Unlabeled specimens; specimens in incorrect fixative (such as formalin), or expired vials. Excess lubricant can invalidate the specimen.

Department:

Molecular Pathology

Method:

Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR)

Turnaround:

12 business days from receipt; SurePath specimens are 34 business days from receipt

Performed:

Monday–Saturday

Retention:

28 days from initial testing

CPT Code:*

87481 (Candida albicans)

87511 (Gardnerella vaginalis)

87661 (Trichomonas vaginalis)

Test Code(s):

VAG-P

*The listed CPT codes are for reference use only. Final coding is based on CPT guidelines and individual circumstances.

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