Test Code: 0120
Cpt Code:87798 (x1)
Clinical UtilityThis 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.