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Streptococcus pneumoniae

Test Code: 202600
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Clinical Utility

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

Streptococcus pneumoniae, or pneumococcal disease, is a facultative anaerobic gram positive coccus that is found as normal flora in the nasopharynx of healthy carriers.  Pneumococcal disease causes pneumonia, ear infections, blood stream infections, acute sinusitis, septic arthritis and more. S. pneumoniae is one of the most common causes of bacterial meningitis in adults and young adults.  High risk persons are adults 65 and older, children younger than two, and those with weakened immune systems. It is also more common in developing countries.  In severe infections, pneumococcal disease can cause hearing loss, brain damage and death.

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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