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Staphylococcus aureus

Test Code: 202500
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Clinical Utility

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

Staphylococcus aureus is a gram positive coccal bacterium which is normal flora of the skin, nose and respiratory tract. Staphylococcus aureus is the most common species of Staphylococcus to cause Staph infections. It can cause a range of illnesses from minor skin infections, boils, impetigo, food poisoning, cellulitis and toxic shock syndrome. Severe S. aureus infections can cause septic arthritis, endocarditis (infection of the heart valves) and pneumonia. Strains of S. aureus can host bacteriophages that can produce Panton-Valentine leucocidin (PVL), increasing virulence of Staph. PVL is associated with severe necrotizing pneumonia in children and found in community-associated methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) strains.


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 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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