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Meningitis/Encephalitis Panel


Name Method Department Units
Meningitis/Encephalitis Infection Array Multiplexed 2-stage nested nucleic acid amplification test with end-point detection
CMI, Microbiology Detected or Not Detected

Battery Members

Escherichia coli, Cytomegalovirus, Cryptococcus neoformans/gattii, Haemophilus influenzae, Enterovirus, Listeria monocytogenes, Herpes simplex virus, Neisseria meningitidis, Human herpesvirus 6, Streptococcus agalactiae, Human parechovirus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Varicella zoster virus

Specimen Requirements


Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume

CSF tube 2

N/A 1.5 mL

Room temperature - 24 hour(s)
Refrigerated - 7 day(s)
Frozen - indefinite day(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Do not centrifuge

Reasons for Rejection

  • Centrifuged specimen
  • Diluted specimen
  • CSF not collected via lumbar puncture such as Shunt or ventricular fluid


  • Testing is performed on lumbar puncture collections only.
  • CSF collected via shunt or other indwelling device will be rejected.
  • A CSF culture (Bacterial) is required with each order, if not already obtained.
  • Samples with insufficient volume for both the Meningitis/Encephalitis Infection Array and CSF culture will have the Meningitis/Encephalitis Infection Array canceled and the CSF culture will be performed.

CPT Code

  • 87483