Testing for Respiratory Pathogens

  • Posted on: Aug 15 2018
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Respiratory Pathogen Panel Gilbert, AZOne of our test offerings at Infinity Health & Wellness is the respiratory pathogen panel (RPP). This test detects and identifies a specific viral nucleic acid from an individual that is presenting symptoms of a respiratory infection.

Why is this test necessary?

Most people will develop an acute respiratory tract infection every year. Children develop the most of these infections. Infants and pre-schoolers develop 6-10 viral infections every year, with school-age children and adolescents developing 3-5 illnesses annually.

Often diagnosis of the exact pathogen can be difficult, so doctors have prescribed antibiotics hoping to cover a variety of possible pathogens. But this has created antibiotic-resistant strains of the Streptococcus bacteria, among others.

At Infinity Health & Wellness, we can test for 20 viral and bacterial pathogens from the upper and lower respiratory tract at one time, quickly. Our RPP array delivers a comprehensive infection profile for the patient enabling a rapid, accurate diagnosis without the need for confirmation testing. Identifying the infection correctly will reduce the misuse/overuse of antibiotics. It also reduces treatment times and avoids unnecessary hospital stays.

How is an RPP test performed?

Administering our RPP is simple. We collect the specimen by swabbing the inside of the nasal passageway.

What does the RPP test for?

These are the pathogens the Infinity Health & Wellness RPP tests for:

  • Adenovirus
  • Coronavirus HKU1
  • Coronavirus NL63
  • Coronavirus OC43
  • Coronavirus 229E
  • Human Metapneumovirus
  • Human Rhinovirus/enterovirus
  • Influenza A
  • Influenza A subtype H1
  • Influenza A subtype H3
  • Influenza A subtype 2009H1
  • Influenza B
  • Parainfluenza Virus 1
  • Parainfluenza Virus 2
  • Parainfluenza Virus 3
  • Parainfluenza Virus 4
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus
  • Bordetella Pertussis
  • Chlamydophila Pneumoniae
  • Mycoplasma Pneumoniae

To make an appointment with Infinity Health & Wellness, please call us at (480) 427-4305.

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