SureSwab®, Candidiasis, PCR - Vaginal Collection

Supply #180028 APTIMA vaginal collection device

Test code: 16494

CPT Code(s): 87481 (x4)

Includes: C. albicans, DNA; C. glabrata, DNA; C. tropicalis, DNA; C. parapsilosis, DNA

Methodology: Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)

Reference Range(s):
  • C. albicans, DNA - Not detected
  • C. glabrata, DNA - Not detected
  • C. tropicalis, DNA - Not detected
  • C. parapsilosis, DNA - Not detected

Test FAQ: SureSwab®, Candidiasis, PCR

Alternative Name(s): C. tropicalis, C. glabrata, C. albicans, C. parapsilosis

Preferred Specimen Collection:
Aptima Vaginal Swab
APTIMA Unisex Swab

Collection Guide: 

Supply: 180028 Aptima Vaginal Swab

Tests: Using Aptima Vaginal Swab as Preferred Specimen
11363, CT/NG
16898, SureSwab, Bacterial Vaginosis DNA, Quantiative, Real-Time PCR
16494, SureSwab, Candidiasis, PCR
19550(X), SureSwab Trichomonas vaginalis
17333(X), SureSwab Vaginosis/Vaginitis Panel

APTIMA Vag1
Partially open swab package. Do not touch the soft tip or lay swab down. If the soft tip is touched, laid down, or dropped, discard and get a new Aptima Vaginal Swab Specimen Collection Kit. Hold swab, placing thumb and forefinger in the middle of the swab shaft. Do not hold the swab shaft below the score line.

APTIMA Vag2
Carefully insert swab into vagina about 2 inches (5 cm) past the introitus and gently rotate the swab for 10 to 30 seconds. Make sure the swab touches the vagina walls so that moisture is absorbed by the swab and withdraw swab without touching the skin.

APTIMA Vag3
While holding swab in hand, unscrew the tube cap. Do not spill tube contents. If the tube contents are spilled, discard and get a new Aptima Vaginal Swab Specimen Collection Kit. Immediately place swab into transport tube so that the tip of the swab is visible below tube label. Carefully break swab shaft at the score line against the side of the tube.

APTIMA Vag4
Tightly screw cap onto tube.

Transport container: Aptima transport tube

Transport temperature: Room temperature

Specimen stability:
  • Room temperature: 14 days
  • Refrigerated: 14 days
  • Frozen: 30 days
Reject criteria:
  • Samples from leaking
  • Uncapped or broken container
  • Non-Aptima vaginal swab collection kit

For additional supply or collection device information, please contact DLO's Customer Service at (800) 891-2917, option 2.

The CPT codes provided are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed.