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Test Code M62 Rotavirus

Important Note

Collect specimens as early in the acute phase of illness as possible. Virus shedding occurs within the first 8 days of illness.

Additional Codes


PowerChart: Rotavirus Antigen, Feces

MA Cerner: Rotavirus Antigen

Specimen Requirement

Stool specimen is required.

Additional Specimen Collection Information

Collect a random stool specimen in a sterile container. No preservative is required. Label appropriately [including source, date and time of collection]. Transport specimen to the laboratory immediately after collection. Refrigerate specimen for up to 24 hours until transported to testing site.

Useful For

Investigation of patients with diarrhea, particularly infants, the elderly, and immunocompromised patients

Investigation of nosocomial diarrhea


Performed Monday through Sunday.

Routine: Typically completed within 4 hours after the specimen arrives at the testing site.

STAT: Typically completed within 1.25 hours after the specimen arrives at the testing site.

CPT Code Information

87425 Enzyme Immunoassay Technique by Organism: Infectious agent antigen detection by enzyme immunoassay technique, qualitative or semiquantitative, multiple step method; rotavirus

LOINC Code Information

5880-0 Rotavirus Ag [Presence] In Stool By Immunoassay

Test Method

Rapid Enzyme Immunoassay (EIA); Immunocard, Meridian Diagnostics, Inc.

Reference Values

Antigen not present