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Rhinovirus

Test Code: 0120
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Clinical Utility

This assay is only available as part of a panel and cannot be ordered individually.

Rhinoviruses are the most frequent cause of the common cold. Rhinovirus infections cause self-limited upper respiratory illness, characterized by sneezing, nasal obstruction, nasal discharge, and sore throat. Though previously a topic of debate, it has been established that rhinovirus has the ability to replicate in the lower respiratory tract. Recent studies have reported rhinovirus as a cause of lower respiratory tract infections in patients with predisposing conditions, such as a compromised immune status. Rhinovirus infections in the elderly have been associated with severe and fatal illness.

Specimens are approved for testing in New York only when indicated in the Specimen Information field above.

The CPT codes provided are based on Viracor Eurofins' interpretation of the American Medical Association's Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes and are provided for general informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Questions regarding coding should be addressed to your local Medicare carrier. Viracor Eurofins assumes no responsibility for billing errors due to reliance on the CPT codes illustrated in this material.

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