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Rapid Plasma Reagin (RPR) Test with titer, if Reactive

Updated

12/2/2016

Other Names Syphilis (RPR)
How to Order
Check the RPR box on the Virology/Immunology Test Request Form (form 42).
Availability
All clients
Methodology
Charcoal Agglutination
Performed
Daily on regular business days
Time to Reporting
1-3 working days after receipt of specimen
CPT Code
86592 if Non-reactive, 86593 if Reactive


Specimen Collection Details

Collection
One 7 ml red top tube or serum separator tube (SST).
Optimal Volume
Blood: 5 ml; Serum 1.0 ml
Minimum Volume
Blood: 3 ml; Serum 0.5 ml
Handling
After blood clots, keep specimen refrigerated until transport. If possible remove the serum from the clot as soon as possible. DO NOT FREEZE.
Transport
Transport at refrigerated temperatures (2-8° C) for receipt at the OSPHL within 5 calendar days of specimen collection.
Rejection Criteria
The following specimens are unacceptable for testing: CSF specimens, lipemic specimens, grossly hemolytic specimens, specimens that have been frozen and thawed more than once, and specimens that are unable to be tested within 7 calendar days of specimen collection.
 
Specimens are subject to the requirements of the OSPHL Specimen Submission Policy and Criteria, available at: http://bit.ly/SpecimenCriteria.
Comments
This test is intended as a screening test for syphilis. Any reactive results are titered to the endpoint. Reactive specimens will be reflexed to the FTA test unless prior history of a reactive FTA exists.