An accurate diagnosis of bacterial meningitis aids in promoting antimicrobial stewardship, reducing the patient’s hospital stay and overall cost of care. According to, “Cost of managing meningitis and encephalitis among adult patients in the United States of America,” published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, the data suggest that the total cost for meningitis is related to the time of diagnosis, stay in the intensive care unit and etiological agent.
Source: J.M. Balada-Llasat et. al. September 20, 2017. Cost of managing meningitis and encephalitis among adult patients in the United States of America. International Journal of Infectious Diseases, 71:117-121.
|Test Name||Test Code||CPT Code(s)||Turnaround Time|
|16S Bacterial Meningitis PCR with Reflex to NGS||3530802||87800, 81479||
3 business days from receipt of specimen
|Aspergillus Galactomannan EIA||1603||87305||
Same day (within 8-12 hours from receipt of specimen), Monday through Saturday.
|Herpes Simplex Virus 1 & 2 Quantitative Real-time PCR||8503||87530|
|Varicella Zoster Virus Quantitative Real-time PCR||9503||87799|
|Enterovirus Quantitative Real-time RT-PCR||1403||87799|
|Cytomegalovirus Quantitative Real-time PCR||5503||87799|
|HHV-6 Quantitative Real-time PCR||6503||87533|
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