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Rhinovirus

Test Code: 0120

Cpt Code:

87798 (x1)

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.
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