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Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
Thr FilmArray Meningitis/Encephalitis (ME) Panel is capable of simultaneous detection and identification of multiple bacterial, viral, and yeast nucleic acids directly from cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) specimens obtained via lumbar puncture from individuals with signs and/or symptoms of meningitis and/or encephalitis. The following organisms are identified using the FilmArray ME Panel:
Escherichia coli K1
Neisseria meningitidis (encapsulated)
Herpes simplex virus 1
Herpes simplex virus 2
Human herpesvirus 6
Varicella zoster virus
* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.
CSF specimens should be collected via lumbar puncture, and should not be centrifuged.