Test Catalog

Test ID: RESPM    
Respiratory Pathogen Panel, PCR, Nasopharyngeal

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing


Advisory Information

This assay is not predicted to detect SARS-coronavirus (CoV), MERS-CoV, or the virus (SARS-CoV-2) causing coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19).


This test is not intended for otherwise healthy, immunocompetent patients who are likely to have a mild, self-limited respiratory infection. If testing is desired, these patients should be tested using the more targeted diagnostic assays based on their exposure history and clinical presentation.

-FLUNP / Influenza Virus Type A and Type B, and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), Molecular Detection, PCR, Nasopharyngeal Swab

-BPRP / Bordetella pertussis and Bordetella parapertussis, Molecular Detection, PCR

-MPRP / Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Molecular Detection, PCR


It is not recommended that the following tests be concomitantly ordered when this test is ordered:

-FLUNP / Influenza Virus Type A and Type B, and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), Molecular Detection, PCR, Nasopharyngeal Swab

-LADV / Adenovirus, Molecular Detection, PCR, Varies

-LENT / Enterovirus, Molecular Detection, PCR, Varies

-BPRP / Bordetella pertussis and Bordetella parapertussis, Molecular Detection, PCR, Varies

-MPRP / Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Molecular Detection, PCR, Varies


This test is appropriate for nasopharyngeal swabs only. For bronchoalveolar lavage or bronchial washings specimens, order RESLR / Respiratory Pathogen Panel, PCR, Varies.

Shipping Instructions

Specimens that cannot be shipped refrigerated to Mayo Clinic Laboratories within 3 days (72 hours) should be frozen prior to shipment. Specimens received older than 72 hours (refrigerated) or older than 30 days (frozen) will be canceled.

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing


Nasopharyngeal Swab (Rayon Mini-Tip Swab) (T515)

M4-RT media (T605)

Specimen Type: Nasopharyngeal Swab

Container/Tube: Culture transport swab and Viral Transport medium (eg, M4, M4-RT, M5, M6, universal transport medium). See Collection Instructions.

Specimen Volume: Entire collection/1 swab

Collection Instructions: Nasopharyngeal swab specimens should be collected according to standard technique and immediately placed into viral transport media and submitted for testing.


If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Microbiology Test Request (T244) with the specimen.

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Testing Laboratory

Nasopharyngeal swab in minimum volume of 1 mL of viral transport media (eg, M4-RT or M5)

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

All specimens will be evaluated at Mayo Clinic Laboratories for test suitability.

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the performing laboratory, alternate acceptable temperatures are also included

Specimen TypeTemperatureTimeSpecial Container
VariesRefrigerated (preferred)72 hours
 Frozen 30 days
 Ambient 4 hours