Mumps Real-Time RT-PCR

Laboratory Fee Schedule
Procedure #:  MZZ0700A
CPT:  87798 

Synonym(s): Mumps PCR
Requisition Form G-2V.
Test Description Testing of suspected mumps specimens to detect the presence or absence of mumps virus RNA in symptomatic patients.
Pre-Approval Needed Contact your local or state epidemiologist if mumps is suspected.  Contact information can be found at the following link:
Supplemental Information Required Date of onset.
Supplemental Form(s) N/A
Performed on Specimens from (sources) Human
Sample/Specimen Type for Testing
  • Buccal swabs
  • Throat swabs.
  • Oral swabs
Minimum Volume/Size Required 1-2 mL.
Storage/Preservation Prior to Shipping Refrigerate at 2-8°C, or freeze at -70°C or below.
Transport Medium
  • Universal transport media (UTM)
  • Viral transport media (VTM).
Specimen Labeling
  • Two patient-specific identifiers required (e.g., patient full name, date of birth, Medical record number).
  • Identifiers on specimen must exactly match submission form.
Shipping and Specimen Handling Requirements

Ship samples: 

  •  According to Dangerous Good Regulations, IATA, and/or CFR 49.
  • Handling as infectious agent using universal precautions.
  • Triple-contained in accordance with federal shipping regulations for infectious agents.
  • If specimens will arrive at the lab within 48 hours of collection, refrigerate at 2-8 ̊C and ship overnight on cold packs.
  • If specimens will arrive at the lab more than 48 hours after time of collection, freeze at -70 ̊C and ship overnight on dry ice.
Method Real-time RT-PCR
Turn-around Time 2 business days.
  • False negative may result if specimen is improperly collected, transported, or handled.
  • Detection of viral RNA does not imply that the corresponding virus is infectious or is the causative agent for clinical symptoms.
  • A negative result does not preclude infection.
Common Causes for Rejection
  • Information on the form and tube do not match.
  • Failure to put two forms of identification on tube.
  • Specimens received cold greater than 48 hours after collection.
  • Specimens received ambient.
  • Submission of incorrect specimen type.
  • Submission of expired transport media.
Additional Information N/A